Despite over a decade of progress made in advancing value-based care, healthcare utilization variation has persisted and remains a major challenge across the country. Higher healthcare spending has not resulted in better outcomes. In an effort to better understand gaps in care, Microsoft’s Precision Population Health Group recently published a publicly available dashboard that helps explore the geographic variation in fee-for-service (FFS) and Medicare Advantage (MA) demographics, procedure rates, and relationships with economic disparities.
The data, covering years 2011-2018, was analyzed and provided by CareJourney to help answer questions including:
- Where are the elective surgery rates the highest for traditional Medicare FFS and MA enrollees?
- Who is insured by Medicare FFS and MA and has the population changed?
- Are there relationships between poverty/distressed community index and procedure rates for FFS and MA?