Laura Skopec

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Why Did Medicare Advantage Enrollment Grow as Payment Pressure Increased?

Medicare Advantage (MA), also known as Medicare Part C, gives Medicare beneficiaries an option to receive their Parts A and B benefits through private health insurance plans as an alternative to traditional Medicare. MA has been attractive to many Medicare beneficiaries in part because of several enhancements plans typically make…

Why Do Medicare Advantage Plans Have Narrow Networks?

In contrast to commercial markets, narrow networks in Medicare Advantage (MA) markets are not motivated by unit-price discounts for insurers in exchange for higher patient volume for health systems. Through 15 interviews with MA experts, MA insurers, and health systems, we confirmed that the Medicare fee schedule is the basis…