Medicare Advantage when Compared to Original Medicare
A recent study conducted by Harvard Medical School and Inovalon indeed suggests that Medicare Advantage plans may offer higher quality of care compared to Original Medicare in certain aspects. Here’s a breakdown of the key findings:
Lower Readmissions and Preventable Hospitalizations:
- The study found that Medicare Advantage enrollees had 17% fewer readmissions within 30 days of discharge compared to those in Original Medicare.
- They also experienced 19% fewer preventable hospitalizations, indicating potentially better preventive care measures within Medicare Advantage plans.
Reduced High-Risk Medication Use:
- The study revealed a 10% lower rate of high-risk medication use among Medicare Advantage beneficiaries. This could be attributed to closer monitoring and medication management by these plans.
Improved Patient Satisfaction:
- Medicare Advantage enrollees generally reported higher satisfaction with their healthcare experience compared to their Original Medicare counterparts. This could be due to factors like access to a wider network of providers and additional benefits offered by some Medicare Advantage plans.
- It’s crucial to note that this study is just one piece of evidence, and further research is needed to draw definitive conclusions about the overall quality of care in both programs.
- The quality of care can vary significantly between different Medicare Advantage plans, so careful evaluation is essential before choosing a plan.
- Original Medicare may still be the preferred option for some individuals, depending on their specific needs and preferences.
Overall, this study highlights the potential advantages of Medicare Advantage plans in terms of quality of care, particularly regarding readmission rates, preventable hospitalizations, and medication management. However, it’s important to weigh these findings against the individual’s specific circumstances and carefully compare different plan options before making a decision.
Here are some additional resources you may find helpful:
- The study abstract
- AARP’s comparison of Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare
- Medicare.gov’s website on choosing a Medicare plan
I hope this information is helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions.