Care experiences among dually enrolled older adults with cancer: SEER-CAHPS, 2005–2013

Lisa M. Lines, Julia Cohen, Michael T. Halpern, Ashley Wilder Smith, Erin E. Kent

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Purpose: Given the associations between poverty and poorer outcomes among older adults with cancer, we sought to understand the effects of dual enrollment in Medicare and Medicaid—as a marker of poverty—on self-reported care experiences among seniors diagnosed with cancer. Methods: Retrospective, observational study using cancer registry, Medicare claims, and care experience survey data (Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results [SEER]—Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems [CAHPS®]) for a national sample of fee-for-service (FFS) and Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollees aged 65 or older. We included people with one incident primary, malignant cancer diagnosed between 2005 and 2011, surveyed within 2 years after diagnosis (n = 9,800; 995 dual enrollees). Medicare CAHPS measures included 5 global ratings and 3 composite scores. Results: After adjustment for potential confounders, people with cancer histories who were dually enrolled were significantly more likely to report better experiences than non-duals on 2 measures (Medicare/their health plan: adjusted odds ratio [aOR]: 0.68, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.53–0.87; prescription drug plan [PDP]: aOR: 0.54, 95% CI 0.40–0.73). Conclusions: Dual enrollees with cancer reported better experiences than Medicare-only enrollees in terms of their health plan (Medicare FFS or Medicare Advantage) and their PDP. Better ratings among dually enrolled beneficiaries suggest possible divergence between health outcomes and care experiences, warranting additional investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1137-1144
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Causes and Control
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019


  • Cancer
  • Dual eligible
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Patient experience
  • Poverty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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