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Report: 54.1% of Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes have eye exams

A study published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that 54.1% of Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes had an eye exam in 2017, while fewer than 50% did so in seven states and Puerto Rico, and exam rates were lower among Hispanic patients and non-Hispanic black patients compared with white patients. According to the researchers, low health literacy and poor care coordination could pose barriers to preventive care, and they suggested that the findings "be used to inform strategies and interventions to prevent vision loss among Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes."

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