A Primer on Managed Care: Multiple Chronic Conditions

Finally, for the two highest need cohorts, those who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and those with diabetes, the rates were even higher in reduced, potentially avoidable admissions, lower rates of complications, and lower per-beneficiary costs. These findings build on the growing body of evidence that MA is providing high-value care through innovations in care delivery and pay- ment arrangements, which are satisfying the needs of beneficiaries, including those having complex needs.

Conclusion MA’s managed care framework offers greater simplicity, affordability, and enhanced benefits that improve healthcare and well-being for mil- lions of individuals in Medicare. With policy and payment stability, and increasing investment and enrollment, MA plans offer a path toward a brighter future for Medicare. Former Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-PA) is president and CEO of Better Medicare Alliance, based in Washington, D.C.

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