On June 23, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a preliminary snapshot of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the Medicare population, based on Medicare claims data.
The data released today includes the total number of reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries between January 1 and May 16, 2020. The snapshot breaks down COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations for Medicare beneficiaries by state, race/ethnicity, age, gender, dual eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid, and urban/rural locations.
CMS data shows that more than 325,000 Medicare beneficiaries received a diagnosis of COVID-19 between January 1 and May 16, 2020. During this same time period, nearly 110,000 Medicare beneficiaries were hospitalized for COVID-19-related treatment. According to the CMS snapshot released today, Black Medicare beneficiaries were hospitalized with COVID-19 at a rate nearly four times higher than whites.
CMS data shows that: