We know that Medicare Advantage plans can often be less expensive month to month, but is it possible that they can also lead to better health?
A few reasons why Medicare Advantage plans may actually lead to healthier clients.
Help catch problems early – MAPD plans with robust claims and records tracking systems can help make sure that a member is receiving the routine preventive care and follow-up visits that they need. Many also offer wellness programs for things like starting an exercise program or quitting smoking, that can help curb common health problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Coordinate care between different providers – A designated primary care physician handling specialist referrals can mean a member’s doctors has a better understanding of their overall health and to better coordinated treatment plans.Â Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs offered by plans can also help make sure that prescriptions written by different doctors are working together, and work with doctors when adjustments may be warranted.
Cut back on repeated or unnecessary tests and procedures – No one likes to go in for blood work, MRIs, or other diagnostic tests. Medicare Advantage plans can help keep track of tests ordered by various doctors and save clients time and money by preventing duplicate procedures, or procedures that may not be necessary in light of their overall health.
Get better outcomes at a lower cost – Appropriately coordinated care can save members money in copays and help keep premiums affordable for everyone. Most importantly, getting the right care at the right time can result in healthier members!
Medicare Advantage plans won’t be the right option for every client and it’s important to offer the appropriate plan, whether it’s a Medicare Advantage plan or a Medicare Supplement. However, it’s important to consider the potential benefits of coordinated care through a Medicare Advantage plan, and not just the lower cost.