The Advantages of Medicare Advantage

Managed Healthcare Executive: David Muhlestein was quoted in an article discussing the cost savings for beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Some say the cost per enrollee for the government is higher than that for traditional Medicare. David Muhlestein cautions against an overly rosy picture of MA. Because of the differences between MA and traditional Medicare, calculating cost savings “isn’t apples to apples in terms of benefits for most beneficiaries,” he says. Additionally, many MA plans have narrow networks, so beneficiaries run the risk of having to go out of network to get required care, he notes. Muhlestein also points out that the government pays MA plans about 2% more per enrollee than it does for those enrolled traditional Medicare. Read the full article here.