How States Can Better Understand Their Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees: A Guide to Using CMS Data Resources

ICRC Technical Assistance Tool Brief
Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office
Dec 30, 2017
Authors
Danielle Chelminsky

Key Findings:

  • Help states effectively interpret and use the various CMS data resources on the Medicare-Medicaid enrollees (dual eligible) population in their state.
  • Help states locate, sort and manipulate relevant data to develop user-friendly and accessible tables, graphs and figures.
  • Help states identify and analyze trends in their dual eligible population over time or compared to other states and the national average.
  • Help states decision makers and external stakeholders better understand their dual eligibles to demonstrate the need for future integrated care, target areas to enhance integration, and learn from the experiences of other states. 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) regularly reports data on Medicare-Medicaid enrollee demographics, service utilization, spending, and other characteristics that can give states a more comprehensive view of this population. States can use these data to design, develop, monitor, and improve programs in their state to better meet the specific needs of Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. This technical assistance tool shows states how to use these data to create tables, graphs, and figures and interpret their meaning for a wider audience of stakeholders. Using data effectively can help state decision makers and external stakeholders to better understand Medicare-Medicaid enrollees in their state and improve the programs that serve them.