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As the leading advocacy coalition supporting Medicare Advantage, BMA shares news and information about the latest evidence-based research and innovative care in Medicare.

Amanda Hurley, Better Medicare Alliance Senior Policy Associate

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

Molly T. Turco - Better Medicare Alliance Policy & Research Director

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.

Mary R. Grealy, President, Healthcare Leadership Council

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

Better Medicare Alliance CEO and President Allyson Y. Schwartz

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

Better Medicare Alliance

Chronic disease has been described as a growing crisis in the United States by health and economic experts as statistics show  devastating impact on quality of life and significant loss of life.  The YMCA, a worldwide community-based organization known for its health and wellness programs, decided to act to understand how chronic conditions – such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity – have an impact on their members and the communities they serve. 

As discussion of how best to address the health needs of millions of Medicare beneficiaries struggling with multiple chronic illnesses receives increased attention in Congress, the Better Medicare

Better Medicare Alliance

Just days before Medicare's 50th anniversary, the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) sponsored a National Journal Forum, "The Future of Medicare," to bring together key health care stakeholders to disc

Jim Parker, President, IU Health Plans

Indiana University Health (IU Health) has long recognized the value of provider-led insurance plans.  Since the early 90’s, weit haves operated its our own health plan, in addition to co-owning a managed care plan for Medicaid patients.  

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