TITLE

Medicare's Private Plans: A Report Card On Medicare Advantage

AUTHOR(S)
Gold, Marsha
PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
Health Affairs;Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 28 Issue 1, pw41
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
With higher payments and expanded private-plan authority, Medicare Advantage (MA) has caused the market to grow. One in three Medicare beneficiaries with Part D now gets this coverage through MA. Analysis of the sources of and reasons for enrollment growth suggest a troubling report card. Clearly, the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) has expanded choice and the private-sector role. But it also has added to Medicare's complexity and costs and has created potential inequities, without apparent improvements in quality. However the debate ends, a stronger system of performance monitoring and accountability is needed to meet Medicare's essential fiduciary requirements and oversight responsibilities.
ACCESSION #
36066157

 

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