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Our aging population is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse – a phenomenon that raises questions on how we should deal with persistent health disparities in Medicare.
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - established through the Affordable Care Act - is dedicated to working on behalf of all CMS beneficiar
As beneficiaries look towards Medicare Advantage (MA) open enrollment in the fall (October 15 – December 7), multiple recent reports and data releases show that the popularity of MA continues to grow. Throughout the country, Medicare beneficiaries have access to a variety of MA plans and the quality of these plans is high and getting higher. Below are key trends and insights Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) has observed.
Researchers have long determined significant health benefits for older adults who remain active, and even some studies have shown improved mental health among active seniors. More than 13 million people are eligible for the SilverSneakers Fitness benefit at no cost through leading Medicare Advantage health plans.
This month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled a new initiative to improve primary care in Traditional Fee-For-Service (FFS) Medicare to better align with robust primary
As is the case every year, the Medicare Advantage (MA) 2017 Final Rate Notice released on April 4 included policy guidance and payment rate information, such as county benchmark information. In addition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided detailed answers to questions that were submitted during the formal two-week comment period – in many ways this is the most interesting part of the regulation because it provides insights into how CMS is thinking about key issues in MA. Over the past two weeks, we’ve had a chance to look over the 250 pages of the regulation.
One of the most important, and least visible, stories in health care today concerns the impact that chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and cancer are having on the Medicare program. Fe
In 2015, Congress passed legislation to change the way physicians and other practitioners are paid by Medicare to move the health care system away from fee-for-service (FFS) to payments based on va