CMS releases tool to map disparities in health of Medicare patients

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a new tool that will help improve knowledge of the geographic disparities in the health of Medicare patients.

The interactive map, according to an announcement, will identify areas that have great differences in the number of Medicare patients with chronic diseases.

"Our commitment to health equity begins with properly measuring the care people get and having an honest dialogue on how and where we need to improve," CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said in an announcement. "[This] tool aims to make it harder for disparities to go unaddressed." Announcement