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OA-1 Data Details

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OA-1 Increase the proportion of older adults who use the Welcome to Medicare benefit

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Medicare Administrative Data
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
6.4 (2008)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Number of Medicare Part B beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare during the calendar year of interest and had a Welcome to Medicare visit during the 12 months following enrollment


Number of beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part B during the calendar year of interest

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    Medicare covers a one-time initial examination (also known as the Welcome to Medicare preventive visit) within the first 12 months of enrollment in Part B. All people new to Medicare qualify for this visit. The is a no-cost benefit to new enrollees that provides a basic medical screening that focuses on assessing individual need for preventive care, such as screenings for high blood pressure, obesity, vision, and depression. Almost all U.S. citizens aged 65 years and over are enrolled in Medicare.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
In 2012, the original baseline was revised from 7.3 to 6.4 due to a change in programming. The target was adjusted from 8.0 to 7.0 to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.