News Briefs: CMS’s Enhanced MTM Model Still Isn’t Showing Savings to the Medicare Parts A and B Programs

  • Jul 07, 2022

    After four years, the Enhanced Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Model still has not generated any net savings to the Medicare program. Through the five-year model that started in January 2017, model participants tested a variety of interventions to improve Part D beneficiaries’ medication use. Despite efforts by some sponsors to alter their interventions, there continued to be no statistically significant impacts on Medicare Parts A and B expenditures for the overall enrollee population in model-participating plans, observed the Fourth Evaluation Report released by the CMS Innovation Center last month. Findings from subgroup analyses suggested that enrollees eligible for the low-income subsidy and enrollees with medically complex profiles did not benefit more from the model compared to the overall enrollee population, while the program saw decreases in inpatient expenditures and admissions related to the Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions for both the medically complex subgroup and the all-enrollee cohort, according to the report prepared by Acumen. Read more
  • Lauren Flynn Kelly

    Lauren has been covering health business issues, including drug benefits and specialty pharmacy, for more than a decade. She served as editor of Drug Benefit News (the predecessor to Radar on Drug Benefits) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016, and now manages Radar on Medicare Advantage. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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