Volume 55 | Number 4 | August 2020

Abstract List

Hassan Fouayzi PhD, MS, Arlene S. Ash, Amy K. Rosen Ph.D.


To develop a cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk score that can be used to quantify CVD risk in the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS).

Data Sources

We used 1999‐2013 MCBS data.

Study Design

We used a backward stepwise approach and cox proportional hazards regressions to build and validate a new CVD risk score, similar to the Framingham Risk Score (FRS), using only information available in MCBS. To assess its performance, we calculated statistics and examined calibration plots.

Data Collection/Extraction Methods

We studied 21 968 community‐dwelling Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years or older without pre‐existing CVD. We obtained risk factors from both survey and claims data. We used claims data to derive “CVD event within 3 years” following the FRS definition of CVD.

Principal Findings

About five percent of MCBS participants developed a CVD event over a mean follow‐up period of 348 days. Our final MCBS‐based model added morbidity burden, reported general health status, and functional limitation to the traditional FRS predictors of CVD. This model had relatively fair discrimination ( statistic = 0.69; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.67‐0.71) and performed well on validation (C = 0.68; CI, 0.66‐0.70). More importantly, the plot of observed CVD outcomes versus predicted ones showed that this model had a good calibration.


Our new CVD risk score can be calculated using MCBS data, thereby extending the survey's ability to quantify CVD risk in the Medicare population and better inform both health policy and health services research.