CMS has announced the release the 2018 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) Early Look Data Brief. This Early Look Data Brief presents key preliminary estimates relevant to the community-dwelling Medicare population in advance of the upcoming MCBS 2018 Survey File LDS release anticipated in June 2020. Using preliminary data from the 2018 MCBS Survey File, the Early Look presents a demographic portrait of the Medicare population residing in the community. It also provides preliminary estimates pertaining to selected health status and functioning, access to care, and satisfaction with care measures not available in the CMS administrative data. Some additional key statistics provided in the 2018 Early Look Data Brief include:
- In 2018, almost thirty percent of community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries report serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
- In 2018, eighteen percent of community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries report serious difficulty with concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.
- In 2018, although the majority of community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries report English as their primary language spoken at home, twelve percent report that their primary language is other than English.
- In 2018, 10 percent of community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries report delaying care due to cost.
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