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Preventing Secondary Osteoporotic Fractures Yields Big Medicare Savings

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Hansen D, Bazell C, Pelizzari P, Pyenson B. Medicare Cost of Osteoporotic Fractures. Milliman Research Report. 2019; https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c0860aff793924efe2230f3/t/5d76b949deb7e9086ee3d7dd/1568061771769/Medicare+Cost+of+Osteoporotic+Fractures+20190827.pdf

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Title
Medicare Cost of Osteoporotic Fractures
Publication
Milliman Research Report
Publication Date
2019
Authors
Hansen D, Bazell C, Pelizzari P, Pyenson B
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