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What is the Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot?

Dear Pharmacists,

Hope your summer is going well!

CMS has released data on health disparities during COVID-19.

Here is more information on Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot:

The Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot fact sheet reports COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations data for Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot is about people with Medicare who are diagnosed with COVID-19. The data sources for the Snapshot are Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) claims data, Medicare Advantage (MA) encounter data, and Medicare enrollment information.

Here is the key information from the Data Snapshot:

- The new data show that more than 325,000 Medicare beneficiaries had a diagnosis of COVID-19 between January 1 and May 16, 2020. This translates to 518 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 Medicare beneficiaries.

- The data also indicate that nearly 110,000 Medicare beneficiaries were hospitalized for COVID-19-releated treatment, which equals 175 COVID-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 Medicare beneficiaries.

- Blacks were hospitalized with COVID-19 at a rate nearly four times higher than whites. The disparities presented in the snapshot go beyond race/ethnicity and suggest the impact of social determinants of health, particularly socio-economic status.

- End-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients (individuals with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis) had the highest rate of hospitalization among all Medicare beneficiaries, with 1,341 hospitalizations per 100,000 beneficiaries.

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