April 30, 2019
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a report regarding disparities in quality of care received by Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries. The report discusses the distribution of race, ethnicity and gender among MA beneficiaries. The report concludes that there are few gender differences in care, but there are patterns in which Black and Hispanic beneficiaries received worse clinical care than White beneficiaries on a large portion of the clinical care measures examined; and Asian-Pacific Islander beneficiaries reported worse patient experiences than White beneficiaries on almost all measures of experience. The report suggests that this information may be of interest to MA organizations and Part D sponsors as they consider strategies to improve care and reduce disparities.
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