Studies Put Finer Point on Differences Between Medicare Advantage, Traditional Medicare

  • Oct 21, 2022

    Among Medicare beneficiaries with complex care needs, those enrolled in Medicare Advantage had lower rates of hospital stays, emergency department (ED) visits and 30-day readmissions than those enrolled in traditional Medicare, according to a new JAMA study.

    Based on an analysis of more than 1.8 million Medicare beneficiaries, the study found that MA beneficiaries enrolled in health maintenance organization plans and preferred provider organization plans both saw lower rates of hospitalizations and ED visits than traditional Medicare beneficiaries across all groups, but the difference was larger for those enrolled in HMO plans. Read more
  • Jinghong Chen

    Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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