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Rochester study shows ethnic disparities in medicare claims

African Americans and Latinos are more likely to underestimate how long it has been since their last routine screening test for disease -- such as a mammogram, Pap smear, or cholesterol test according to a University of Rochester study that matched patient recollections with Medicare documentation. Researchers are concerned this might be harming the health of minorities in the long run.

"If you ask anyone, "When was the last time you had a mammogram, or a cholesterol test?' almost all people will think it's been a shorter time than it's actually been. Over-reporting happens to all of us," said lead author Kevin Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H. "But our study found that some minorities tend to over-report even more often than other groups of patients. This is a problem that has to be recognized and fixed."

Fiscella, an associate professor of Family Medicine and Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, said he is not sure why the discrepancy in reporting exists. One theory supported by social psychology research is that African American or Latino patients may feel some pressure to defy stereotypes. So, when doctors or nurses ask them about an event for which they are uncertain, they err on the side of caution and reply affirmatively, he said.

The study is to be published Sept. 29, 2006, in the open access journal BMC Health Services Research.

The University of Rochester collaborated with colleagues from the University of California in Sacramento to analyze 49,645 patient records, matching Medicare claims with patient surveys of the last preventive screening test they had received. The researchers made statistical adjustments for age, gender, income, education level and health status.

With the exception of PSA testing for prostate cancer, results showed that minority patients were more likely to report taking part in a test in the absence of a submitted Medicare claim. In addition to over-re
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Contact: Leslie Orr
leslie_orr@urmc.rochester.edu
585-275-5774
University of Rochester Medical Center
29-Sep-2006


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