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CMS Releases Updated Look at COVID-19’s Impact on the Medicare Population

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a snapshot of the impact COVID-19 has had on the Medicare population. The monthly update, released June 30, shows there were more than 4.3 million COVID-19 cases among the Medicare population and more than 1.2 million COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Data in the snapshot covers the period January 1, 2020, to April 24, 2021.

A factsheet and additional information can be fund at https://www.cms.gov/research-statistics-data-systems/preliminary-medicare-covid-19-data-snapshot.

CMS Updates Data Snapshot Showing COVID’s Impact on Beneficiaries

BETHESDA, MD – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released an updated data snapshot detailing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Medicare beneficiaries. Among the findings:

  • Medicare fee-for-service spending associated with COVID hospitalizations rose to $10.3 billion.
  • The rate of cases in rural areas (4,271 per 100,000) outpaced those in urban areas (4,151 per 100,000) for the first time.
  • The pandemic continues to hit certain populations harder than others, including American Indian/Alaska Native beneficiaries (2,393 per 100,000), African-American beneficiaries (1,937 per 100,000), and Hispanic beneficiaries (1,617 per 100,000).

“Although the snapshot data suggests COVID-19 continues to impact certain populations disproportionately, it also points to the importance of COVID-19 vaccines and other opportunities for prevention and treatment in disadvantaged groups.”

The snapshot includes data for services provided from January 1, 2020, to December 26, 2020.

More information can be found here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-updates-medicare-covid-19-data-snapshot.

The pandemic continues to hit certain populations harder than others, including American Indian/Alaska Native beneficiaries, African-American beneficiaries, and Hispanic beneficiaries.