Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) Tool – Demonstration by CMS Office of Minority Health

Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) Tool – Demonstration by CMS Office of Minority Health


The Mapping Medicare Disparities tool is an interactive map designed to increase the understanding of health disparities among Medicare beneficiaries by chronic disease. The map identifies disparities between populations and health outcomes, utilization, and spending among Medicare beneficiaries. The tool allows you to drill down for even more details by race, ethnicity, age, gender, prevalence, cost, county, state, condition, and other data. Users can easily analyze health measure trends and the county profile view offers a list of socio-economic variables for each county. The tool gives the curious researcher a way to learn more about Medicare beneficiaries with just the click of a mouse. A policymaker will also find it helpful. They would be able to identify a region of the country with the highest cost for Medicare beneficiaries by a specific chronic condition. Researchers are able to easily find and compare states with the highest prevalence of a chronic condition, like depression or hypertension, by race or gender and quality improvement organizations can use this tool to identify disparities and prevalence across multiple chronic and other disabling conditions, locally and nationally. A hospital is able to compare the community they serve, county by county. This tool is here to help you take action towards reducing health disparities, whether it is using it to develop or decide on new policies that address disparities in health care among Medicare beneficiaries, to locate high-impact areas to start programs aimed at reducing disparities, to generate new research questions, or just to educate yourself or your communities about healthcare disparities among Medicare beneficiaries. Join us on the path to equity. Visit the CMS OMH website today and learn more about the medicare mapping disparities tool and the CMS health equity plan from Medicare.

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