CMS: June 2, 2013

The Office of Information Products and Data Analytics (OIPDA) at CMS has developed an interactive dashboard that presents information on state-level variation in standardized per-capita costs for the Medicare fee-for-service population.

We standardize spending to remove geographic differences in payment rates for individual services as a source of variation.  The standardized costs presented in the dashboard were not re-scaled to be equal to actual costs for the study population.  In 2011 actual per capita costs for the study population equaled $9,539 compared to standardized per capita costs of $9,003.    Read more