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Policy Positions

July 18, 2017

Risk adjustment is an essential mechanism used in health insurance programs to account for the overall health and expected medical costs of each individual enrolled in a health plan. Accurate documentation of diagnoses by clinicians is a critical component of the risk adjustment process.

July 18, 2017

CMS verifies the accuracy of Medicare Advantage payments by conducting Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) audits.

July 18, 2017

Special Needs Plans (SNPs) are a type of Medicare Advantage plan tailored to serve the health care system’s fastest growing population – frail, disabled and chronically-ill beneficiaries.

July 18, 2017

Greater flexibility in allowable supplemental benefits will enable Medicare Advantage to better address the needs of beneficiaries with chronic conditions and social determinants of health that impact health outcomes.

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.

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