Communication and language barriers are associated with decreased quality of care and poor clinical outcomes, longer hospital stays, and higher rates of hospital readmissions. This issue brief provides data regarding individuals with limited English proficiency as well as individuals with visual- and hearing- impairments at the state- and local-level for Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare beneficiaries are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions or complex health needs than those not yet on Medicare, creating the opportunity for greater misunderstanding. The brief presents data that can be used by providers, provider organizations, and health care stakeholders to better understand communication and language assistance needs of Medicare beneficiaries throughout the United States. For more information click here.
Understanding Communication and Language Needs of Medicare Beneficiaries