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Table 1 Characteristics of Louisianan Medicare Beneficiaries. Characteristics of the Medicare beneficiary population at the national and Louisianan hospital referral region (HRR)-level derived from a 100% sample of 2014 Medicare Parts A & B claims [11], the 2010 United States Census [50], the 2014 Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance database [51], the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System database [22], the 2010 Master Area Block Level Equivalency/Geocorr2k Geographic Correspondence Engine [52], and the 2014 Dartmouth Atlas Project Geographic Information System database file [11]

From: Healthcare spending in the State of Louisiana

  National LA HRRs
(n = 10)
Average Hospital Care Intensity Index 1.00 1.03
Average Medicare Spending per Beneficiary ($) 9589 10,094
Total Number of Beneficiaries (n) 29,586,354 423,391
Total Number of Beneficiary Deaths§ (n) 1,868,812 30,756
Total Population (n) 308,745,538 4,658,282
Demographics of Beneficiaries (%)
Aged 75+ 5.5%
Women 55% 56%
Black 8% 21%
Non-Black 92% 79%
Risk Factors (%)
 Smokers 20% 22%*
 Physically Inactive 24% 31%*
 Obese (> 30 body mass index) 26% 34%*
Beneficiaries Enrolled in Health Maintenance Organizations (%) 32% 30%
Social Security Status National State
Total Recipients (n) 59,077,158 854,211
Social Security Income per Beneficiary ($) 1215 1106
  1. -Indicates no data was available
  2. Counties that crossed hospital referral region borders were silenced. Slidell was the only exception
  3. §Age-, sex-, and race-adjustments were used for the calculation of total number of beneficiary deaths
  4. Age-, sex-, and race-adjustments were used for the calculation of percent of beneficiaries enrolled in health maintenance organizations
  5. *Non-national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System measures were allocated in an unweighted fashion using a Dartmouth Atlas Project merging file. West Feliciana Parish had no data available
  6. Per capita spending is age, sex, and race-adjusted. Total Medicare spending was found using average reimbursements per enrollee multiplied by the number of enrollees to approximate total spending. Risk-bearing health maintenance organization enrollees were excluded