Care Deferrals Pose Headwinds For MA Risk Adjustment in ’21

Although many publicly traded insurers touted enrollment growth from the 2021 Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) when reporting fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 earnings, some expressed the concern that care deferrals seen last year may have a negative impact on Medicare Advantage risk adjustment payments this year.

Humana Inc. on Feb. 3 posted a loss of $2.30 per share on an adjusted basis, which was driven by three main factors: (1) higher treatment and testing costs related to COVID-19 that were more than offset by a decline in non-COVID utilization, (2) ongoing pandemic relief efforts, and (3) increased expenses associated with the AEP. Humana ended the year with approximately 4.6 million total MA members, reflecting year-over-year growth of 11%, driving consolidated revenue growth of 90% in 2020. The company expects to gain between 425,000 and 475,000 individual MA members this year, for growth of 11% to 12%.

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AIS Health Staff

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