A recently published study in JAMA finds that sicker patients of advanced age tend to stick with managed care plans. This is a change of pace from recent years, when the industry was decried for preferentially selecting healthier patients. The study was conducted using Medicare enrollment data taken from 45,000 patients.
According to HealthDay, “The managed care plans for those 65 and up are run by private insurance companies. An approved network of health care providers negotiate service rates with the companies, which is different from the traditional Medicare model where someone can see any caregiver who participates in Medicare.”
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(Source: US News, June 28th, 2023)