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Analysis: Seniors save with Medicare Advantage

April 20, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Beneficiaries with Medicare Advantage have $1,965 less in total annual health spending than those with fee-for-service Medicare, according to analysis conducted by ATI Advisory and supported by Better Medicare Alliance.     “As this study shows, the path to meaningfully addressing Americans’ concerns about out-of-pocket costs and health care affordability and access for our nation’s seniors leads us to Medicare Advantage,” said Mary Beth Donahue,...

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Mom, margaritas and Medicare Advantage

March 15, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

My mom and I don’t talk on the phone every week, but we do check in on the important stuff. Take a recent phone call from mom.  Me: Hi Mom, what’s up?   Mom: We’re having a neighborhood margarita contest and I plan to win, so I wanted to get your recipe.  Me: Well, I think I just make them really strong?*  Fast forward to this week and all we seem to be talking about here at HME News is Medicare Advantage. Now, Mom has been talking up a storm about...

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Senators weigh in on Medicare Advantage plans

February 22, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – A recent letter signed by 63 members of the U.S. Senate urges CMS to “ensure that payment or policy changes allow Medicare Advantage plans to continue to provide the patient-centered care that 43% of Medicare-eligible Americans rely on every day.” The letter, led by Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and Tim Scott, R-S.C., comes as CMS prepares to finalize its Medicare Advantage rate announcement for 2023, expected by April 4. “Today, in a historic showing...

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Medicare Advantage: It’s complicated

February 18, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – Medicare Advantage plans have exploded in popularity, but many HME providers have a love/hate relationship with them.  Eighty-seven percent of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they’ve seen an increase in the number of insurers offering MA plans in the past year, and 90% say they’ve seen an increase in the number of patients with such a plan in the past year.  “I feel like we have more volume; however, that always comes with a caveat,”...

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Better Medicare Alliance applauds Medicare Advantage changes

February 3, 2022HME News Staff

Washington, D.C. – CMS’s 2023 Medicare Advantage Advance Notice will “ensure stability” for beneficiaries, says Better Medicare Alliance, a research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage. The notice, which is open for comment for 30 days, details CMS’s plans to change the Medicare Advantage and Part D Star Ratings to take into account how well each plan advances health equity and how often they are screening for common health-related social needs, such...

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Big chunk of Congress supports Medicare Advantage 

January 31, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – A recent letter signed by 346 members of the U.S. House of Representatives makes the case for a “stable” Medicare Advantage program. In the letter to CMS, lawmakers urge the agency to “provide a stable rate and policy environment that ensure Medicare Advantage can continue to provide the affordable, high-quality, patient-centered coverage our constituents rely on every day.” “Medicare Advantage continues to reach new highs in enrollment, beneficiary...

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Better Medicare Alliance launches TV ad

January 19, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Better Medicare Alliance has launched a new television in Washington, D.C., as part of a seven-figure campaign touting the success of Medicare Advantage. The 30-second ad, titled “It’s Working,” will run on cable news and network Sunday shows in the D.C. region, alongside ads across digital and social platforms. “29.5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities will enroll in Medicare Advantage this year alone, and 9 out of 10 beneficiaries are satisfied...

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Medicare Advantage popular with dual eligibles, according to new brief

December 14, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – A greater proportion of dual-eligible beneficiaries choose enrollment in Medicare Advantage over fee-for-service Medicare only, according to a new data brief commissioned by Better Medicare Alliance. Dual-eligible beneficiaries comprise 23% of the total Medicare Advantage population compared to 17% in FFS Medicare, and 44% of all dual-eligible beneficiaries choose Medicare Advantage compared to 35% of non-dually eligible Medicare beneficiaries. “This latest research is a...

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Regulatory: Reduce denials, service gaps 

December 8, 2021Andrea Stark

Q. How can suppliers find out when patients switch to Medicare Advantage Plans?  A. Because many patients forget to notify DME suppliers directly, denials from an inactive plan are often the first sign that a patient has changed insurance coverage. Fortunately, Medicare eligibility data is a powerful tool for identifying policy changes in advance. Search results include effective dates for plans that go into effect up to four months after the date of service queried.  A structured,...

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New report backs Medicare Advantage

October 26, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Better Medicare Alliance has released a new report conducted by Milliman highlighting the value of Medicare Advantage to the federal government. The report finds that Medicare Advantage provides $32.5 billion annually in additional benefits and lower out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries, or about $123.36 per member per month. “This independent, actuarial report offers an important look at Medicare Advantage’s value to beneficiaries and the federal government,”...

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