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Medicare Advantage Plans Provide Higher Quality of Care

Editor’s note: These are the plans which President Obama has mentioned as one of the places from which he would reduce health spending. The question is, when funding was reduced in an earlier program (Medicare Plus Choice in the mid-1990s) and these plans virtually disappeared will the same thing happen again?

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Seniors in Medicare Advantage spent fewer days in a hospital, were subject to fewer hospital re-admissions, and were less likely to have “potentially avoidable” admissions, for common conditions ranging from uncontrolled diabetes to dehydration, according to a new analysis of publicly available AHRQ data released today by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

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.

http://www.ahiphiwire.org/Medicare/News/Default.aspx?doc_id=402673&utm_source=9/15/2009&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HiWire_Newsletter&uid=TRACK_USER

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September 15, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | , , , ,

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