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.