Medicare Advantage enrollees tend to have lower hospital readmissions rates and expenses than their counterparts in fee-for-service, studies have uncovered.
Here are five recent findings on Medicare Advantage Becker's has reported since Sept. 19.
- Increasing Medicare Advantage enrollment in rural areas did not increase rural hospitals' financial distress or risk of closing, a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care found.
- Medicare Advantage enrollees have 70% lower hospital readmission rates than their counterparts in fee-for-service Medicare, a white paper from researchers at Boston-based Harvard Medical School and software firm Inovalon found. An earlier white paper from Harvard and Inovalon found beneficiaries have 12% lower healthcare expenses than beneficiaries in fee-for-service Medicare.
- A survey from the Commonwealth Fund found Medicare Advantage beneficiaries were slightly more likely than traditional Medicare beneficiaries to report problems accessing healthcare because of cost.
- Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia are 1.4 times more likely to switch to traditional Medicare than their counterparts without the disease, a study published in JAMA Health Forum found.