On Higher FFS Costs, MA Risk Scores, CMS Proposes Pay Boost of 8% for 2023

In addition to floating a variety of potential changes aimed at advancing health equity in the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs, CMS in its Feb. 2 release of the 2023 preliminary rate notice estimated that MA plans will see an average pay boost of 8% in 2023. And that estimate could change: CMS for 2022 originally estimated that plans would receive an average reimbursement increase of 2.8%, then bumped that estimate up to 4.08% in the final rate announcement.

To Evercore ISI, the 2023 estimate isn’t far off from the “all-in” rate increase of 7.6% in 2022, when considering average risk coding trend, which varies by company.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

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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