Tuesday, January 24, 2017

CMS Issues Annual Update on Chronic Conditions Among Medicare Beneficiaries

As part of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) efforts to support the data-driven decision making essential for health care transformation, they have just released updated information on chronic conditions among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. The updated data include the most recent data year available.

The public data are available from the CMS website, and include data on prevalence, utilization of select Medicare services, and Medicare spending. This data is presented in the aggregate as well as per setting (e.g. SNF). Several resources are available to researchers, policymakers, and other users who are interested in learning more about chronic conditions among Medicare beneficiaries, including tabular geographic data reports (data years 2007-2015) as well as interactive dashboards and atlas (data year 2015).

There is no provider-specific data in these files. These public data resources provide researchers and policymakers a better understanding of the burden of chronic conditions among beneficiaries. This information can be used to inform policymakers, local health leaders, providers, and health systems about resource utilization of patients with chronic diseases in order to improve care coordination and health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries.

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