MedPAC Floats Benchmarking Options to Address Favorable Selection in MA

Favorable selection associated with beneficiaries choosing Medicare Advantage — which now enrolls more than half of Medicare beneficiaries — in combination with more intense diagnostic coding by plans is leading to increased MA payments that may not accurately reflect the costs of providing care to those beneficiaries, asserts the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) in its latest report to Congress. And the independent advisory body has some new takes on potential payment policies that aim to lessen the impact of favorable section by moving away from predictive-cost benchmarking that is based solely on fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare spending.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues since the early 2000s and specializes in in-depth reporting on Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid and Medicare Part D. She also possesses a deep understanding of the complex world of pharmacy benefit management, having written AIS Health’s Radar on Drug Benefits from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016. In addition to her role as managing editor of Radar on Medicare Advantage, she oversees AIS Health’s publications and manages the health editorial staff. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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