Medicare Dashboard

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Dashboards display information in easy to read graphics instead of viewing tables of data. Dashboards with visually pleasing displays are easier than displays of raw data for untrained professionals to understand aggregates of information.

For clinical dashboards, see Dashboard

Medicare dashboards

There are currently two dashboards available for public viewing from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: [1]

  • Medicare Inpatient Hospital Dashboard
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Dashboard BETA.
  • A third dashboard on Medicare Enrollment is anticipated to be open to the public by the end of calendar year 2011.

Medicare Inpatient Hospital Dashboard

The Medicare Inpatient Hospital Dashboard offers views of the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) data as it relates to claims payment and volume as collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Systems (CMS). The Summary Data is based on IPPs to Hospitals by State and Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) code. This display is visually pleasing with moving graphics to show differences over time.

In the dashboard of DRG Details the information is broken down graphically on cost and volume of the national top 25 DRG’s by Fiscal year, and for the top 10 States there is additional information on payment and volume.

Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Dashboard BETA

The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Dashboard BETA can be sorted by drug cost or drug fills. There are four primary screens showing: top ten drug classes, average cost by contract type, brand to generic dispensing rates, and top ten drugs. All of the information can be viewed by individual states.


In summary the dashboards present Medicare data in a pleasing graphic format. However, it is not clear who is the target audience for these dashboards. The audience is probably not Medicare beneficiaries, or the general public. The information is at a fairly high level, for example the information in the Prescription Drug dashboard does not link classes of drugs with their brand names. There is also an underlying assumption that one has some knowledge of Medicare payment systems and DRGs, even though these terms are explained within a glossary.

The upcoming Medicare enrollment Dashboard is expected to provide information for planning of services based on volume of Medicare recipients.