Flu Vaccine (PDF)
Millions of people get the flu every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against the flu. Our data snapshot provides an overview of who should get the flu vaccine and information about flu vaccine disparities among Medicare Fee-For-Service enrollees.
How Does Disability Affect Access to Health Care for Non-Dual Eligible Beneficiaries? (PDF)
Building on prior research, this data highlight focuses on both definitions of disability. It examines access and utilization among adult Medicaid enrollees who were not dually eligible for Medicare and who reported difficulty accessing needed health care by comparing the experiences of enrollees who self-reported having a disability to those who were eligible for Medicaid on the basis of a disability, and to those enrollees who did not have a disability.
Data to Improve Health Care for People with Disabilities (PDF)
This issue brief outlines data sources that health care organizations and researchers can use to better understand the impact that social determinants of health have on people with disabilities. It also provides data sources and examples of how data is useful in identifying opportunities for quality improvement in health care.
Kidney Disease (PDF)
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for kidney disease due to diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kidney failure. We encourage individuals to find ways to increase their awareness about the disease and its risk factors.
Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries with Opioid Use Disorder in 2018: Disparities in Prevalence by Beneficiary Characteristics (PDF)
In order to fill a gap in research about a subpopulation within the Medicare Fee-for-Service population who are most heavily impacted by opioid use disorder, this data highlight describes the population, identifies disparities, and finds opportunities for Medicare enrollees who may benefit from tailored support to ensure access to evidence-based OUD treatment.
How Health Care Providers Meet Patient Language Needs: Highlights of a Medscape Provider Survey (PDF)
Limited English proficiency can contribute to misunderstandings between patients and providers, obstacles to high quality of care, and negative clinical outcomes. This report summarizes the results of an online Medscape survey fielded in August 2013 that includes questions about languages spoken by patients, strategies used to identify patient needs, and the use of language services to meet those needs.
According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 34.2 million Americans, or 10.5% of the population, had diabetes in 2018, and 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. This data snapshot provides additional information on the chronic condition, as well as links to other informational resources and data.
Chronic Kidney Disease Often Undiagnosed in Medicare Beneficiaries (PDF)
This data highlight compares kidney disease stage between lab tests and diagnoses (claims data) among Medicare enrollees. Findings show chronic kidney disease (CKD) is under-recognized in Medicare populations across all stages and that provider recognition of CKD varies by disease stage. Later stages are more likely to be recognized.