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Policy Positions

June 7, 2017

Care fragmentation is a consistent characteristic of the U.S. health care system. On average, Medicare patients see seven physicians at four practices. A staggering 75% of hospitalized patients are unable to identify the clinician in charge of their care.

March 28, 2017

COPC’s journey toward population health started in 1996 when 33 physicians from 11 practices merged.

February 1, 2017

Dear Patrick Conway:

On behalf of Iora Health, we are writing to support legislative or administrative action to remove the Medicare Advantage benchmark cap for 4-Star or higher plan to ensure all beneficiaries experience all the benefits of enrollment in a high quality plan.

January 30, 2017

Dear Patrick Conway:

As Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) allies that are strong advocates for the use of quality incentives to enable enhance benefits for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, we are writing to advocate for the removal of the Medicare Advantage benchmark cap.

January 27, 2017

Dear Patrick Conway:

On behalf of Summa Health, we are writing to support legislative or administrative action to remove the Medicare Advantage benchmark cap for 4-Star or higher plans to ensure all beneficiaries experience all the benefits of enrollment in a high quality plan.

January 27, 2017

Dear Acting Administrator Conway:

January 25, 2017

Dear Mr. Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi:

January 25, 2017

Dear Speaker McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer:

January 25, 2017

Dear Acting Administrator Conway:

January 24, 2017

Dear Senator McConnell,

As trusted fiduciary of over 32,000 Kentucky retire teachers’ health care, we strongly support Medicare Advantage and the quality, affordable health care it provides seniors.

January 18, 2017

Millions of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in 4 or 5-Star rated plans are negatively impacted by the benchmark cap and do not receive the full benefits of a high-quality plan.

January 16, 2017

Dear President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence:

December 9, 2016

Better Medicare Alliance sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on December 9, 2016 on behalf of over 75 organizations including health plans, providers, health systems, aging service agencies, business groups, as well as beneficiaries, who support and advocate for Medicare Advantage. Our key goals are to ensure the program is stable, accessible, high quality, cost effective, and financially viable through ongoing support of policymakers. 

December 9, 2016

Dear Representative Tom Price and Seema Verma:

We are writing to introduce Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) and highlight the advocacy work we do to support and strengthen Medicare Advantage on behalf our alliance. Medicare Advantage is leading the way in modernizing Medicare and we are eager to build on its achievements. We look forward to working with you and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as Congress, to strengthen Medicare Advantage and prevent disruption in the program that 1 in 3 beneficiaries depend on for their Medicare.

November 23, 2016

This paper analyzes the potential impacts of expanding the choice of Medicare Advantage to all End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) beneficiaries in Medicare. It concludes that the benefits of Medicare Advantage would only be fully realized for these beneficiaries if the Medicare Advantage ESRD payment system is accurate, which is currently not the case. The analysis includes background information on kidney failure and its treatments, including dialysis, as well as a summary of Medicare ESRD payment policies. Finally, the paper includes recommendations on how to improve ESRD care in Medicare. Recommendations include the expansion of more ESRD beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage to ensure high- quality care and prevent negative effects on the Medicare Advantage program, which 1/3 of beneficiaries rely on for their Medicare.

October 28, 2016

This issue brief explains the Medicare Advantage (MA) benchmark cap and highlights the consequences for MA beneficiaries. 

September 12, 2016

Between 2011 and 2030, roughly 10,000 seniors in America will become eligible for Medicare every day, presenting challenges and opportunities for the health care system.1 The growing demand for health care services increases the need for innovative community partnerships enabled by Medicare Advantage (MA).

Community partnerships help seniors age “in place”; outside of traditional health care settings. MA plans and providers are bridging gaps in health care delivery by actively engaging in partnerships with community-based organizations to meet the health and social needs of Medicare beneficiaries to improve outcomes and slow disease progression.

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