Medicare Links to Additional Resources

Links to Additional Resources

Government Sources

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

General Medicare Data

National Health Expenditure Data

Data includes historical and projected spending measures on annual health spending in the U.S. by type of service delivered (hospital care, physician services, nursing home care, etc.) and source of funding for those services (private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, out-of-pocket spending, etc.).

CMS Statistics

Summary information about health expenditures and the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

CMS Data Compendium

Contains historic, current, and projected data on Medicare enrollment and Medicaid recipients, expenditures, and utilization. Data pertaining to budget, administrative and operating costs, individual income, financing, and health care providers and suppliers are also included.

Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement

The Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement contains approximately 300 pages of statistical information about Medicare, Medicaid, and other Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) programs. The Supplement includes charts and tables showing health expenditures for the entire U.S. population, characteristics of the covered populations, use of services, and expenditures under these programs.

Medicare Trustees Reports

Detailed, lengthy document, containing a substantial amount of data on the past and estimated future financial operations of the Hospital Insurance and Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds.

Medicare Enrollment

This site contains various Medicare enrollment tables. It includes national and state enrollment trends, state enrollment by aged, disabled and all, as well as county level enrollment.

Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS)

MCBS is a continuous, multipurpose survey of a nationally representative sample of aged, disabled, and institutionalized Medicare beneficiaries. MCBS, which is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is the only comprehensive source of information on the health status, health care use and expenditures, health insurance coverage, and socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the entire spectrum of Medicare beneficiaries. Data collection is administered by Westat, Inc.

Data on Specific Programs and Payment Systems

Fee-for-Service Statistics Utilization statistics for Medicare Parts A and B

Tables for Medicare utilization for Part A and Medicare utilization for Part B are included. Information included for hospitals, home health agencies, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, physician and other Part B services.

Prospective Payment Systems

A Prospective Payment System (PPS) is a method of reimbursement in which Medicare payment is made based on a predetermined, fixed amount. CMS uses separate PPSs for reimbursement to acute inpatient hospitals, home health agencies, hospice, hospital outpatient, inpatient psychiatric facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. Links to information about each specific PPS.

Fee Schedules

Listing of fee maximums used to reimburse a physician and/or other providers on a fee-for-service basis. CMS develops fee schedules for physicians, ambulance services, clinical laboratory services, and durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies. Links to information about each specific fee schedule.

Physician Fee Schedule

Contains information on payments under the physician fee schedule and related information concerning the development of the payment amounts.

Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D Contract and Enrollment Data

The Medicare Advantage (MA) / Part D Contract and Enrollment Data section is a centralized repository for publicly available data on contracts and plans, enrollment numbers, service area data, and contact information for MA, Prescription Drug Plan (PDP), cost, PACE, and demonstration organizations. Data is broken down by state, county and contract. Also provides annual Medicare Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) performance measures.

Medicare Advantage Rates and Statistics

Contains information on MA payment methodology, rate calculation data,

benchmarks, risk adjustment, and fee-for-service expenditure data by county.

Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

Includes links to data on drug plan availability, premium information, Part D enrollment, and coverage gap spending

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

March 2011 Medicare Baseline

Collection of Health Care Publications including cost-estimates (scores) on recent legislation

2011 Long-Term Budget Outlook including forecasts of Medicare spending and its relationship to total federal spending and GDP

 Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)

2011 Medicare Databook

MedPAC June 2011 Report to Congress

MedPAC March 2011 Report to Congress

Non-Government Sources

Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts: Medicare Data

National and state level data on enrollment, demographics, spending, and utilization.

Kaiser Family Foundation Health and Prescription Drug Plan Tracker

National, state, regional and county level data on Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan enrollment, availability, payments, premiums, and benefits.