Medicare Advantage Reportedly Continues to Nets Savings Amid Calls For More Oversight

Along with achieving better health outcomes, Medicare Advantage (MA) checks in at annual consumer savings of roughly $2,000. That’s according to a new report from the research and advocacy organization Better Medicare Alliance (BMA). This news, as well as other findings from BMA, come at a time when more home-based care providers are being vocal […]

OIG: MA Plans Inappropriately Shifting Care into the Home, Denying Providers Payment

Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations have limited beneficiaries’ access to necessary care. They have also denied payments to providers for services that are covered under Medicare rules, as well as MA billing rules. That’s according to a report released Thursday by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The report examined data over the course of one […]

In-Home Support Services Becoming Top Medicare Advantage Benefit

In-home support services are the most popular — and arguably impactful — supplemental benefit offered by Medicare Advantage (MA) plans under the primarily health-related category. That statement was supported by recently unveiled figures from ATI Advisory. It’s now being emphasized even further, thanks to a new data brief commissioned by the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) […]

Health Plan Investment in Social Determinants of Health Likely to Accelerate

In recent years, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have increasingly turned their attention to addressing members’ social determinants of health (SDoH), with the home playing a crucial role. That’s according to a new report from NORC at the University of Chicago. NORC conducted the report on behalf of Better Medicare Alliance’s (BMA) Center for Innovation in […]

ConcertoCare Adds Chief People Officer; CMS Appoints Medicaid Director

ConcertoCare appoints chief people officer ConcertoCare has hired Rachel Grace as its chief people officer. Backed by Deerfield Management Company, the Aliso Viejo, California-based ConcertoCare offers in-home primary care, virtual care and PACE services to dual-eligible seniors and those enrolled under Medicare Advantage. In her new role, Grace will be responsible for developing hiring and […]

Xavier Becerra Confirmed as HHS Secretary

The U.S. Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It did so by a 50-49 margin, with the vote playing out almost entirely along party lines. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican who voted to confirm […]