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CMS Highlights Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Difference in Medicare Advantage Population in New Report

April 20, 2017

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its second comprehensive report on disparities in health care among Medicare Advantage enrollees. The report looks at disparities in gender in quality of health care across 24 clinical care measures and eight patient experience measures using the Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey.

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, April 2017

The reports, from the CMS Office of Minority Health are in recognition of National Minority Health Month. The April 2017 report illustrates disparities in gender and race using 2015 data. The report provides summary quality of care data at the national level.

Among the Medicare Advantage population identified in the report, nationally:

  • Women and men get similar care in all eight patient experience measures
  • Women and men get similar care in sixteen out of twenty-four clinical care measures
  • Women get worse care than men in three out of twenty-four clinical care measures
  • Women get better care than men in five out of twenty-four clinical care measures

CMS Office of Minority Health worked with the RAND Corporation for both reports.

The first report, released in the fourth quarter of 2016, reviewed Medicare CAHPS data for 2015 across racial/ethnic groups. Measured by CAHPS survey data, there is a difference in quality of care for different racial/ethnic groups.

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, November 2016

HAP and the hospitals and health systems of the commonwealth are engaged in the community to address health disparities. Seventy-two Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems are among the 1,500 across the nation that have pledged to ensure that every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable, and safe care through the American Hospital Association (AHA) #123forEquity Campaign to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.

If your hospital or health system has not yet made this commitment, please consider making the pledge.

HAP has dedicated resources on its website that provide enrollment information on Medicare Advantage population.

For more information, please contact Phillip Burrell, director for health market research.

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