Data Visualization Mapping Medicare Disparities

Published on March 23rd, 2016 | by Joshua New


Visualizing Disparities in Medicare

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created the Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) tool, a data visualization that allows users to map a variety of health care metrics, including costs, quality, and utilization, and compare how these vary by location, demographics, and between the county, state, and national levels. Users can analyze these factors for 18 different chronic conditions, including cancers, diabetes, and asthma, to better understand how health care needs can vary dramatically between different communities. CMS built MMD with administrative claims data for Medicare beneficiaries.

Take a look.

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Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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