Twitter Chat: #ValueofMA
Date: August 8, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Duration: 60 minutes
The topic of our Twitter chat is BMA sponsored Avalere report: Medicare Advantage Achieves Cost-Effective Care and Better Outcomes for Beneficiaries with Chronic Conditions Relative to Fee-for-Service Medicare. Join us to analyze the report and give reasons why MA drives us to better care, better quality and better cost.
VICE PRESIDENT, AVALERE HEALTH
BMA, DIRECTOR OF POLICY
Medicare Advantage Has More Beneficiaries with Significant Clinical and Social Risk Factors
While the Medicare Advantage and FFS Medicare study populations had similar demographic profiles, Medicare Advantage had a higher proportion of beneficiaries with clinical and social risk factors shown to affect outcomes and cost than FFS Medicare.
Compared to FFS Medicare, Medicare Advantage beneficiaries had:
|Higher likelihood of enrolling in Medicare due to disability||Higher likelihood of being dual-eligible/low-income||Higher rate of serious mental illness||Higher rate of alcohol/drug/substance abuse|
Medicare Advantage Chronically Ill Beneficiaries Experience Better Health Outcomes
Despite a higher proportion of risk factors, Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with chronic conditions experienced lower utilization of high-cost services, higher rates of preventive tests and screenings, and better outcomes.
Compared to FFS Medicare, Medicare Advantage achieved:
|Fewer inpatient hospital stays||Fewer emergency room visits||Lower rate of potentially avoidable hospitalizations||Higherrate of LDL testing||Higher rate of breast cancer screening|
Find full report here.