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Activity Number: 93 - TRANScending Data Gaps: Advances in Transgender Research Using Survey and Administrative Data
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Monday, July 31, 2017 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Government Statistics Section
Abstract #322311
Title: What Transpired? A Matched-Pair Analysis of Trans and Non-Trans Medicare Beneficiaries
Author(s): Paul Guerino* and Christina Dragon and Erin Ewald and Alison Laffan
Companies: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and CMS Office of Minority Health and NORC at the University of Chicago and NORC at the University of Chicago
Keywords: Transgender ; LGBT ; Medicare ; Administrative data ; Minority Health ; Claims

In 2016, the National Institutes of Health designated sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations as a Health Disparity Population (HDP) for NIH research. Research is still emerging for SGM populations, especially for those who are transgender. This paper builds upon prior work done by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that uses Medicare provider billing data to identify individuals who may be transgender. It examines differences between these individuals and cisgender (i.e., non-transgender) individuals. One of many questions about the health of transgender individuals is related to hormone replacement therapy. Although not all transgender identified people use hormones, there is sparse research on prolonged exogenous hormone use. Therapeutic hormones are also used by cisgender individuals for a variety of health issues. This paper will use direct matching to examine differences in outcomes related to hormone use between transgender and cisgender Medicare beneficiaries.

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