5120.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Accessing and Using Medicare Data to Understand Racial Disparities in the Use of Health Services

The Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) is a consortium of four universities: Boston University School of Medicine, Dartmouth College Medical School and the Morehouse School of Medicine, and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. It receives support from the Health Care Financing Administration to train researchers in how to access and use Medicare and Medicare administrative and other data. ResDAC faculty, using Medicare administrative and survey data (Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey - MCBS), have demonstrated major differences in the use of hospital, physician and preventive services, as well as outcomes of care, between African American and Caucasian elderly Medicare beneficiaries. This session will provide the background needed to understand the race and other important variables in the Medicare administrative data and present recent work that demonstrates the continuing underutilization of Medicare reimbursed services by African Americans, as well as its impact on the outcomes of care. Because additional research is needed to elucidate the reasons for these continuing disparities, the session will also describe how interested researchers may receive assistance from the Research Data Assistance Center to access and use the Medicare data files for their research
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Presider(s):A. Marshall McBean, MD, MSc
12:30 PMAccessing and Using Medicare Data to Understand Racial Disparities in the Use of Health Services
A. Marshall McBean, MD, MSc, Paul Hebert, BA, Kelly Merriman, MS, Mark A. Moskowitz, MD, Arlene Ash, PhD
12:45 PMHow to Access Medicare Data for Access to Care, Outcomes and Public Health Research
Kelly Merriman, MS
1:00 PMRace and Outcomes of Breast Cancer
Mark A. Moskowitz, MD
1:15 PMRace and Outcomes of End Stage Renal Disease
Arlene Ash, PhD
1:30 PMUnderstanding the Race Variable in Medicare Administrative Data
A. Marshall McBean, MD, MSc, Paul Hebert, BA
1:45 PMUsing Medicare Data to Understand the Use of Immunization Services Among Different Race Groups of Medicare Beneficiaries
Paul Hebert, BA, A. Marshall McBean, MD, MSc
Sponsor:Gerontological Health
Cosponsors:Community Health Planning and Policy Development; Epidemiology; Health Administration; Medical Care; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA