Low-value care is more common with traditional Medicare compared to Medicare Advantage, study finds

Enrollees in Medicare Advantage were less likely to receive low-value care than those enrolled in traditional Medicare, a new study published in JAMA Open Network found

The study, published Sept. 9, found Medicare Advantage enrollees received 9.2 percent fewer low-value services than their counterparts using traditional Medicare. 

Low-value care is defined as services that provide little clinical benefit or cause more harm than benefits for a patient. 

The study's authors, lead by researchers from Humana and Boston-based Tufts University School of Medicine, compared enrollees in a large, national Medicare Advantage plan to a random sample of 5 percent of traditional Medicare beneficiaries. 

The study found among Medicare Advantage enrollees and those who had HMO plans were less likely to receive low-value care than those with PPO plans.

Read the full study here.

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