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Image of grandaughter embracing grandmother Volume 14 - October 2018

Understanding the Health Needs of Diverse Groups of Hispanic Medicare Beneficiaries

Learn about the significant differences in health among varying Hispanic populations.

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CMS Office of Minority Health Data Highlights present national and regional data on health care service utilization, spending, and quality indicators for the Medicare population. The information products include an overview of the specific public health issue, provide a brief quantitative and/or qualitative analysis of the data, and explain how the findings support or relate to CMS or HHS policy or initiatives. These data products are valuable to the work of researchers, policy makers, and health care professionals.

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Volume 13 - October 2018

Comparing Puerto Rican's Health Status, Access to Care, and Satisfaction with Care to Their Mainland Counterparts Prior to Hurricane Maria

This data highlight looks to understand Medicare beneficiaries' health prior to hurricane Maria.

Volume 12 - September 2018
The Invisible Crisis: Understanding Pain Management in Medicare Beneficiaries with Sickle Cell Disease

This data highlight talks about the variability in opioid prescribing among Medicare beneficiaries with sickle cell disease.

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Volume 11 - December 2017
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Among Diverse Groups of Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries

This data highlight examines the physical and mental health outcomes of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries by race and ethnicity. It is one of the few analyses that compares granular racial and ethnic groups in the same study, is based on a nationally representative sample, and focuses on mental health in older adults.

Volume 10 - August 2017
Understanding the Health Needs of Diverse Groups of Asian and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Medicare Beneficiaries

This brief presents findings from the 2013-2015 HOS Baseline, Cohorts 16, 17, and 18 for Asian and NHOPI beneficiaries including self-rated general health status, days with activity limitations, rates of depressions, prevalence of obesity, and two measures of sleep health.

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Volume 9 - July 2017
Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries with Disabilities, by End Stage Renal Disease Status, 2014

Using data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse (CCW), this report describes Medicare beneficiaries by disability and End Stage Renal Disease status.

Volume 8 - July 2017
Does Disability Affect Receipt of Preventive Care Services among Older Medicare Beneficiaries?

This report uses data from the 2013 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey to examine differences in self-reported receipt of preventive care by type of disability for community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 and older.

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Volume 7 - April 2017
Race, Ethnicity, and Language Preference in the Health Insurance Marketplaces 2017 Open Enrollment Period

This data highlight examines Marketplace enrollment activity by racial and ethnic subgroup as well as spoken and written language preference. It provides national level and state level data for Marketplace consumers ages 18-64 using the eligibility and enrollment platform during the 2017 Open Enrollment Period.

Volume 6 - March 2017
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes Prevalence, Self-Management, and Health Outcomes among Medicare Beneficiaries

This brief uses 2012 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) data to examine racial and ethnic differences in self-reported measures on access to care, propensity to seek care, self-care knowledge and behaviors, diabetes management, and complications among Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 and older.

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Volume 5 - June 2016
Health Disparities Experienced Among Older Sexual Minorities

Using combined data from the 2013 and 2014 National health Interview Survey, this highlight provides insight in to the health status of older sexual minorities.

Volume 4 - Fall 2015
Medicare Home Health Agency Spending: 2007 to 2013 Payment and Utilization Trends, [PDF, 856KB] 

This data highlight presents information about Medicare Fee-For-Service Home Health Agency payments from 2007 to 2013, as well as spending by gender, race and ethnicity, and dual eligible status during 2013, to show differences in spending and utilization among these groups.

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Volume 3 - Summer 2015

Medicare Health Outcomes Survey Data Brief: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, [PDF, 554KB]

This data highlight describes the health of Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders from the 2014 Cohort 17 Baseline. These data represent a unique source of information about the self-reported health of two populations.

Volume 2 - Spring 2015

Medicare Health Outcomes Survey: Information for Disparities Researchers, [PDF, 545KB]

This brief presents findings from the 2013-2015 HOS Baseline, Cohorts 16, 17, and 18 for Asian and NHOPI beneficiaries including self-rated general health status, days with activity limitations, rates of depressions, prevalence of obesity, and two measures of sleep health.

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Volume 1 - Winter 2015
Medicare Hospital Readmissions Among Minority Populations, [PDF, 750KB]

This brief provides a descriptive analysis of 30-day, all-cause overall inpatient hospital readmission rates from 2007 to 2013 and trends in the rates among minority populations.