Nov 23, 2015

New CMS Web Tool Will Improve Access to and Transparency of Information on Medicare Enrollment, Utilization, and Expenditures

Niall Brennan
Chief Data Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS continues to develop enhanced web-based data analytic and visualization tools, and I’m excited to announce that the most up-to-date Medicare enrollment information is now available to the public through our new CMS Program Statistics website. The website features web tools for users to explore CMS data, including viewing maps and examining enrollment information, through an interactive dashboard.

The CMS Program Statistics website replaces the former Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement, which was published annually in electronic form from 2001-2013. The website will include over 100 detailed, easy-to- access data tables on national health care, Medicare populations, utilization, and expenditures, as well as counts for Medicare-certified institutional and non-institutional providers. Today, we have released the first two sections, which include information on national health expenditures, life expectancy, population projections, and Medicare enrollment and providers, and we will continue to release other sections on a rolling-basis.

The website also allows users to search for Medicare information in a visually appealing, easy to navigate format through the new Medicare Enrollment Dashboard. The Dashboard is an interactive online tool presenting monthly Medicare enrollment figures and yearly trends for hospital/medical coverage and prescription drug coverage by geographical areas, including national, state/territory, and county. The figures below provide snapshots of the readily accessible data available in the Dashboard. Figure 1 presents yearly trends in Medicare enrollment. In 2014, over 54 million people were enrolled in Medicare – about 7 million more than in 2010. Over that same period, the share of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage and other health plans increased from 25% in 2010 to 30% in 2014. Figure 2 presents Medicare Advantage penetration rates by state and shows that Medicare Advantage enrollment is highest in California, Florida, Oregon, Minnesota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, with 40-59% of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage in those states.

Figure 1. Yearly Trends in National EnrollmentCMS Program Statistics and Dashboard Blog 11-20-2015 FINAL_Page_1_Image_0001 Figure 2. Medicare Advantage Penetration Rates by State CMS Program Statistics and Dashboard Blog 11-20-2015 FINAL_Page_2_Image_0001   The CMS Program Statistics web tools are just the latest example of CMS improving data transparency and access for beneficiaries, researchers, and health care leaders. CMS is supporting a better understanding of our nation’s health care system while adding insight into the geographic patterns of Medicare health care and prescription drug coverage. Our goal is to ensure our data are accessible not just to researchers, but also to the general public. We look forward to continuing our efforts to make our data available as a resource to communities across the country.

Get more information about the CMS Program Statistics website on the CMS Program Statistics home page ( Reports/CMSProgramStatistics/index.html)