Self-reported functional impairments, frailty associated with higher health care costs in Medicare beneficiaries

A study of more than 8,000 comprehensively characterized Medicare beneficiaries has found that the addition of self-reported functional impairments and physical frailty to claims-based measures of multi-morbidity and frailty identifies large differences in spending attributable to impairments and frailty. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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