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MOVING MEDICAID DATA FORWARD, PART 3: A GUIDE TO MEDICAID UTILIZATION DATA

Although recent policy debates have focused on Medicaid coverage, the levels and mix of services used by Medicaid beneficiaries play an equally important role in shaping cost, quality, and health outcomes. Understanding the use of health services is particularly important for analyzing issues such as the opioid epidemic, the continued growth of managed care, the integration of physical and behavioral healthcare, and the expansion of Medicaid demonstration programs.