- Since its strengthening in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act, the Medicare Advantage program has consistently won high marks from seniors.
- Now, Harvard economists confirm that the MA program outperforms conventional Medicare.
- Their research is reported in a recent Milbank Quarterly. The article is titled “How Successful Is Medicare Advantage?”
- Healthcare leaders have long pointed to Medicare Advantage’s not-so-secret sauce: consumer choice and competition at the core of its model.
Harvard Researchers Confirm Cost, Quality Benefits of Medicare Advantage
Leaders from Multiple Health Sectors Identify Challenges in Accessing Federal Health Data to Improve Health, Healthcare
Report from Healthcare Leadership Council, Bipartisan Policy Center Underscores Importance of Data Access to Clinical Decision-making, Population Health, Health System Improvements
WASHINGTON – Healthcare leaders from multiple sectors believe government policymakers should move toward expanding access to federally-held health data in order to elevate population health, improve clinical and consumer decision-making and support improving delivery and payment system models designed to improve American healthcare, according to a report released today by the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).
The report summarizes the outcomes of an April 3 roundtable discussion hosted by HLC and BPC involving more than 35 leaders from academic and research institutions, hospitals and health systems, health plans, life sciences organizations and technology companies. Representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute participated as well. More Details »
Make Federal Health Data Sources More Broadly Available, Healthcare Leadership Council Advises Senators Wyden, Grassley
In Response to Senators’ Request for Counsel on Data Transparency, HLC Sees Future in which Private, Public Sectors Share Digital Information
WASHINGTON – In response to a request from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a committee member, for ideas on how to improve healthcare transparency, the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) has said improving the quality and accessibility of health data is essential to improve healthcare delivery while reducing health costs.
In a letter to the two senators, HLC president Mary R. Grealy wrote, “We see an opportunity to collectively work toward a future of better health and healthcare by improving accessibility and quality of health data to accelerate progress in medicines, improve the quality of care delivery, reduce costs and create other benefits that we cannot yet imagine.” More Details »
New Survey Shows Nearly Nine of Ten Seniors Satisfied With Their Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage
75 Percent of Seniors Concerned About Reducing the Number of Part D Plan Choices Available to Them
WASHINGTON – A new nationwide survey of 65-and-older Americans confirmed overwhelming support of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, with 86 percent saying they are satisfied with their plans and similar numbers noting their premiums and co-pays are affordable.
The new survey also quantifies the importance of plan choice to seniors. 75 percent of respondents say it is important to them to have a variety of plans from which to choose, and 74 percent said they would be concerned about any moves to limit those choices.
Medicare Today chairperson Mary R. Grealy said the new survey underscores the importance of prudence in making changes to Medicare Part D that could undermine the program’s success.
“The Part D program has transformed the lives of millions of seniors. It’s widely seen as affordable, easy to use and a good value,” she said. “Policymakers should act with care before altering the structure that has made Medicare Part D one of the federal government’s most successful programs, one that advances the health of beneficiaries and is an ally to the pocketbooks of both seniors and taxpayers.” More Details »