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A Deeper Dive on Prior Authorization in Medicare Advantage May 6, 2022

By Mary Beth Donahue Recently an HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report and accompanying New York Times article raised questions about the use of prior authorization in Medicare Advantage. While there are over 28.5…

Separating Fact from Fiction on Medicare Advantage EGWPs March 21, 2022

by Mary Beth Donahue and Andrew MacPherson A few months ago, you would be forgiven for thinking that an EGWP (pronounced “egg whip”) is a breakfast dish, rather than a valued health coverage option. But,…

Medicare Advantage Is Closing the Health Disparities Gap for Seniors January 20, 2022

By Mary Beth Donahue The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states it plainly: “racial and ethnic minority groups, throughout the United States, experience higher rates of illness and death … when compared to…

The Real Story on Medicare Advantage Costs and Spending November 19, 2021

by Mary Beth Donahue A recent Kaiser Health News article parroted a series of salacious claims on Medicare Advantage spending. “Critics have argued for years that Medicare Advantage costs taxpayers too much,” the article reports.…

Setting the Record Straight on Axios’s Recent Coverage of Medicare Advantage August 11, 2021

By Jonathan Frank As Medicare Advantage continues to grow – driven by diverse, medically complex, and at-risk beneficiaries who make an active choice to enroll – so, too, does the outcry from those with an…

Medicare Advantage Creates Benefits For Providers Amid COVID-19 And Beyond June 7, 2021

By Allyson Y. Schwartz Picture this: a global pandemic when doctors and health care personnel are most critical – yet doctors’ offices were shuttered and access to care was limited and uncertain. We don’t have…

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