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ICYMI: Better Medicare Alliance Urges Congress to Protect Seniors’ Medicare Drug Benefits June 1, 2015

In a recent letter to House leadership, the Better Medicare Alliance urges Congress to reconsider shifting funds from Part D drug benefits to the 21st Century Cures Act, which neither reduces the cost of pharmaceuticals…

ICYMI: More Comprehensive Care Reduces Medicare Costs and Hospitalizations May 26, 2015

A new Annals of Family Medicine study finds more comprehensive care among primary care physicians leads to lower Medicare costs and fewer hospitalizations. Primary care physicians practicing comprehensive care provide integrated, accessible and accountable care across the…

Beyond Rates, Coding and Call Letters May 23, 2015

  Here in Washington, we get caught up in the policy weeds reading reports and interpreting what policymakers think about Medicare Advantage. We discuss the rate notice, so-called “coding intensity” and benchmarking.  However, if you…

Better Medicare Alliance Submits Comments to CMS Acting Administrator Slavitt May 6, 2015

This letter was submitted via electronic mail to   Mr. Andy Slavitt Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244   RE: Advance Notice…

The Better Medicare Alliance Names Former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz as President & CEO April 22, 2015

This week, the Better Medicare Alliance announced that former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz will become the President and CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance.  She is a well-respected health care expert with deep knowledge of the…

ICYMI: Better Medicare Alliance Members Thank Congress for Supporting Medicare Advantage April 14, 2015

A new ad from the Better Medicare Alliance thanks the bipartisan, bicameral majority in Congress that worked to support Medicare Advantage for 17 million seniors. To view the ad please see here.

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