What 3 recent studies found about Medicare Advantage

Recent research on Medicare Advantage has uncovered differences in the types of care and experiences Medicare Advantage enrollees report when compared to their peers in fee-for-service. 

Here are three Medicare Advantage findings Becker's has reported since Jan. 17. 

  1. Medicare Advantage enrollees are more likely to report delays in care than their counterparts in traditional Medicare, a survey from the Commonwealth Fund found.  Among those with MA, 22% reported waiting to receive care because it needed approval in the past year, compared to 13% with traditional Medicare. MA and traditional Medicare beneficiaries reported similar rates of satisfaction with their coverage.

  2. Medicare Advantage enrollees received less intensive post-acute care than their counterparts in traditional Medicare but did not have a significant change in short-term outcomes, a study published in JAMA Health Forum found. 

  3. Coding intensity and the types of enrollees who select Medicare Advantage plans will drive an additional $88 billion in payments to the program in 2024 compared with what traditional Medicare would receive, according to estimates from the Medicare Payment and Advisory Commission. The advisory commission also found vertical integration is on the rise in the program. 

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