The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Releases Two New Reports on Gender Disparities and Racial and Ethnic Outcomes

Source: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

The CMS Office of Minority Health released new Medicare Advantage (MA) data on racial and ethnic disparities in care. The data helps to understand the connections between a person’s race, ethnicity, and gender and the health care that they receive.

Two new reports focus on the treatment and patient care experiences for a variety of conditions. The first report looks at racial and ethnic disparities by gender and examines differences between black, Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander and white MA beneficiaries in rates of colorectal cancer screening, treatment for chronic lung disease and other conditions as well as their ability to access needed care.

The second report looks at gender differences in access to care and quality of treatment for certain conditions among MA beneficiaries. It shows that women receive better treatment for chronic lung disease and rheumatoid arthritis and are more likely than men to receive proper follow-up care after being hospitalized for a mental health disorder.