BMA, Avalere Research Illustrates MA Outperformance on Multiple Care Measures

A new study from Avalere Health comparing quality outcomes for Medicare Advantage enrollees vs. traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare beneficiaries found that high-need, high-cost populations enrolled in MA had better care experiences for most clinical quality measures and had significantly higher rates of preventive screenings for several measures. While MA didn’t outperform FFS across all measures, the findings suggest that care management in MA results in higher quality of care for this vulnerable population, observed the report.

Commissioned by Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the independent analysis compared performance for similar beneficiaries in three categories: preventive screening and therapy services; inpatient and outpatient services; and management of prescription drugs. Avalere used propensity score matching to control for differences between the MA and traditional FFS population and drew from a nationally representative sample of beneficiaries, resulting in a “matched” study population of 1,262,180 in each group.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues, including drug benefits and specialty pharmacy, for more than a decade. She served as editor of Drug Benefit News (the predecessor to Radar on Drug Benefits) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016, and now manages Radar on Medicare Advantage. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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