What 5 recent studies found about Medicare Advantage

Recent research on Medicare Advantage has highlighted differences in the amount of at-home care beneficiaries in MA and fee-for-service Medicare receive, and studied the potential effects of CMS' proposed benchmark payments in 2025. 

Here are five Medicare Advantage studies Becker's has covered since Feb. 26:

  1. Older couples typically enroll and disenroll in Medicare Advantage plans together, a study published in JAMA found.

  2. A survey from the Commonwealth Fund found few statistically significant differences between the way primary care physicians treat patients in Medicare Advantage and fee-for-service Medicare. Physicians who primarily treat patients in MA were more likely to be notified when their patients were admitted to the hospital or seen in the emergency room than physicians who primarily treat fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries.

  3. Medicare Advantage beneficiaries received less at-home care than their counterparts in fee-for-service Medicare, a study published March 1 in JAMA Health Forum found.

  4. Selective contracting with primary care physicians may be one factor behind lower per-patient expenses in Medicare Advantage, a study published in the March edition of Health Affairs found.

  5. Medicare Advantage beneficiaries could see their supplemental benefits reduced or cost-sharing increase by $33 a month on average in 2025, according to an analysis from the Berkeley Research Group. The analysis was commissioned by the Better Medicare Alliance, a pro-MA group backed by insurers. 

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