Tuesday, September 15, 2009

AHIP Report: Seniors in Medicare Receive Higher Quality Care

AHIP explains the conclusion, and the why in a new report.

The new study echoes the findings of an earlier analysis of AHIP member data showing that seniors in Medicare health plans can receive higher quality care compared to fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare.

"Medicare Advantage plans coordinate care, help seniors manage chronic conditions, and focus on prevention to help seniors stay healthy in the first place," said Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of AHIP.

Instead of focusing almost exclusively on treating beneficiaries when they are sick, Medicare Advantage plans place a strong emphasis on preventive health care services that detect diseases at an early stage and disease management programs for seniors with chronic illnesses to help them keep their conditions under control. These programs are working to help keep patients out of the hospital and avoid potentially harmful complications.
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1 comment:

  1. My parents have Medicare Advantage and their good health is testament to the preventative care covered under their plan. After they compared traditional Medicare to Medicare Advantage, they found lower deductibles and co-pay costs with a Medicare Advantage plan. There are many different types of Medicare plans. I recommend PlanPrescriber.com to find all the available plans in your zip code and to do a plan comparison.