About the Medicare Index

The Medicare Index measures and analyzes the health of seniors in the United States. It provides information about the health of Medicare beneficiaries, the care that they receive, and the trends that are shaping the program. The index comprises millions of tables, maps, charts, and graphs segmented by geography (zip code, legislative district, metropolitan area, county, state). It also provides news and information about the policies and regulations that are shaping Medicare and their impact on the quality of care that beneficiaries receive.

The Medicare Index is built around disease-specific indices (for diabetes, atrial fibrillation, Alzheimer’s, cancer, ischemic heart disease, and other health indicators). The index provides information about the incidence and prevalence of these diseases in the Medicare population (by age, gender, race, and ethnicity) and about the effects of technology and access on ambulatory care, acute events (hospitalization and death), and cost.

One of the questions that the Medicare Index will explore is whether low-consuming beneficiaries with chronic diseases are receiving levels of treatment appropriate to managing their diseases and, if not, what are the consequence to themselves and the program. The index will also explore the effectiveness of current therapy to manage beneficiaries’ health risks.

 

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