MCBS stands for the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS).
The MCBS is an ongoing survey designed to learn more about the people who are covered by Medicare. MCBS data help legislators and policy makers understand the health care needs and utilization of Americans covered by Medicare.
MCBS data are also used to improve the Medicare program. The MCBS is an invaluable source of information for administering, monitoring, and evaluating the Medicare program. For example, data from the MCBS have been used to inform many enhancements to Medicare coverage, including the creation of new benefits such as Medicare’s Part D prescription drug benefit.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) oversees the Medicare program and sponsors this survey. CMS is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). CMS contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) to conduct the MCBS. NORC engages in sampling, data collection, data processing, and data delivery as part of conducting the MCBS.