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New Hospice V-BID Model Holds Promise for Patients and Families March 6, 2020

By Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz and Katie Smith Sloan At any given time, 1.4 million Americans may find themselves in need of compassionate hospice care to guide them through their final months. The decision to transition to…

A Close Look at the New York Times’ Recent Reporting on Medicare Advantage February 26, 2020

Jonathan Frank The New York Times offered a look at the growth of Medicare Advantage (MA) in an article published on Friday, February 21st entitled “Medicare’s Private Option Is Gaining Popularity, and Critics.” The title…

BMA #AllyVoices Tell the Story of Medicare Advantage January 27, 2020

Lisa Hunter and Jonathan Frank At Better Medicare Alliance, we believe Medicare Advantage (MA) is the future of Medicare. Research continues to show it is helping beneficiaries reduce expenses and lead healthier lives. While numbers…

What the Inspector General Report on Chart Reviews in Medicare Advantage Says – and Does Not Say December 20, 2019

Jeremiah McCoy Last week, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released an analysis on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data regarding Medicare Advantage plans’ use of chart reviews, a tool to…

New Independent Government Reports Demonstrate the Value of Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Prescription Drug Rebates to Medicare Beneficiaries September 24, 2019

Jeremiah McCoy Last week the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report, in response to a request from Congress, analyzing the relationship between rebates for certain brand-name prescription drugs reimbursed by Medicare Part…

The Deeper Dive
Understanding A Recent Analysis of Gross Margins in Medicare Advantage August 22, 2019

Jeremiah McCoy Earlier this month, the Kaiser Family Foundation released an issue brief titled, Financial Performance of Medicare Advantage, Individual, and Group Health Insurance Markets. In it, the authors examine and compare average annual gross…

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