Performance Improvement 2001. Health Disparities: Longitudinal Study of Ischemic Heart Disease Among Aged Medicare Beneficiaries

01/01/2001

This project assesses the use of Medicare covered services among Medicare beneficiaries with ischemic heart disease based on sociodemographic characteristics (e.g., race/ethnicity, sex, age, socioeconomic status). It is one part of a larger CMS and Department of Health and Human Services effort to address health disparities among Medicare beneficiaries. This will be done using a longitudinal database that links Medicare enrollment and claims data with small-area geographic data on income (e.g., U.S. Census data) Due to recent change in the race/ethnic coding in the Medicare enrollment database (EDB), it is not possible to examine health care access, utilization, and outcomes among minority groups.

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:01/21/2002

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Strategic Planning

FEDERAL CONTACT: Linda Greenberg, 410-786-0677

PIC ID: 7419

PERFORMER: Health Economics Research, Inc., Waltham, MA