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Resource: interactive mapping Medicare disparities tool

Chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, pose a significant problem in the United States, resulting in substantial morbidity, mortality, disability, and cost. In 2012, two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries had multiple chronic conditions and accounted for 93 percent of Medicare spending. Racial and ethnic minority communities are disproportionately affected by the disparities in disease, and the burden of disease differs by where individuals live. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) released the first CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare. From this equity plan, CMS developed an interactive map to increase understanding of geographic disparities in chronic disease among Medicare beneficiaries. Click the link below to see the report.

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