Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Health Care in Medicare Advantage

April 2021

Published in: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website (2021)

Posted on RAND.org on September 29, 2021

by Steven C. Martino, Marc N. Elliott, Jacob W. Dembosky, Katrin Hambarsoomian, David J. Klein, Jennifer Gildner, Amelia Haviland

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The analysis revealed patterns in which (1) Black and Hispanic beneficiaries had worse results than White beneficiaries on a large portion of the clinical care measures examined and (2) Asian Pacific Islander beneficiaries reported worse patient experiences than White beneficiaries on a majority of the measures of patient experience. The results suggest that quality improvement efforts should focus on enhancing clinical care for Black and Hispanic beneficiaries.

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