Better Medicare Alliance Responds to Medicare Advantage 2022 Advance Notice
Proposed changes offer stability for Medicare Advantage, enabling continuity in high-value care provided to a rapidly growing beneficiary population
Washington, D.C. – Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage, responded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Medicare Advantage Advance Notice Part II, setting payment policies for the 2022 Calendar Year.
“With this Advance Notice, CMS provides a stable environment that enables Medicare Advantage to continue to offer integrated care that is meeting the needs of today’s Medicare beneficiaries, even amid the many uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Allyson Y. Schwartz, President and CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance. “While Better Medicare Alliance will review the details of CMS’s proposed changes, an initial read suggests that CMS has offered a stable rate environment that enables Medicare Advantage to maintain its track record of high-quality, affordable care for its beneficiaries – now exceeding 40 percent of all Medicare-eligible Americans.”
Schwartz concluded, “Given the challenges ahead during this pandemic and the ongoing needs of increasing numbers of older adults, this Advance Notice creates the circumstances for Medicare Advantage to not only provide guaranteed benefits but offer low premiums, coordinated care, extra benefits, and innovative care partnerships to seniors, many of whom are living with complex chronic conditions and multiple social risk factors. With such predictability from Washington, Medicare Advantage willcontinue to deliver on its promise for current and future beneficiaries.”
Research from Better Medicare Alliance shows how Medicare Advantage stewards its resources to deliver high-value to beneficiaries, including a 99 percent consumer satisfaction rate, an average of nearly $1,600 in annual consumer savings, and improved health outcomes, all leading to record-setting bipartisan Congressional support.