Medicare Advantage health plans are expected to hike by nearly 0.45 percent in 2018, though recent estimates by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) showed only a 0.25 percent increase. This figure accounts for the “expected growth in coding acuity,” averaging the total revenue increase to be about 2.95 percent.
In 2017, Medicare Advantage payment rates rose by an average of 0.85 percent — 3.05 percent after accounting for coding acuity.
Former CMS official John Gorman notes that the rates are “further proof that (Medicare Advantage) is the only safe game in all of health insurance these days.”
CMS Administrator Seema Verma also commented saying, “Medicare is committed to strengthening Medicare Advantage and the Prescription Drug Program by supporting flexibility and efficiency.”
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