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Identifying, Monitoring, and Assessing Promising Innovations: Using Evaluation to Support Rapid-Cycle Change

June 16, 2011

Examines the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's mission, critical issues, and challenges in finding effective ways to raise healthcare quality and lower costs, documenting innovation, and providing evidence to support broad policy change.

Medicare Advantage 2010 Data Spotlight: Plan Enrollment Patterns and Trends

June 22, 2010

Provides data on nationwide enrollment trends in Medicare Advantage plans by plan type, area, region, and firm or affiliate. Also examines trends in enrollment in group and special needs plans, market concentration, and premiums.

Strategies for Simplifying the Medicare Advantage Market

July 22, 2009

Explores options for simplifying beneficiary plan choices in the Medicare Advantage Program to achieve economies of scale and to reduce "gaming." Considers the potential effects of requiring minimum plan enrollment and limiting the types of plans offered.

Medicare Advantage in 2008

June 1, 2008

Provides an overview of Medicare Advantage, and reviews trends in enrollment, participating firms' market shares, choices available to beneficiaries, and plans for group retiree coverage. Discusses implications for costs and potential policy action.

Evaluation of the Program for Elders in Managed Care

March 1, 2005

Summarizes key findings from an evaluation of a five-year initiative to improve healthcare delivery to frail elders through the encouragement of better linkages between plans, providers, and community organizations.

Are the 2004 Payment Increases Helping to Stem Medicare Advantage's Benefit Erosion?

December 1, 2004

Examines trends in Medicare Advantage plan benefits and premiums in 2004, paying particular attention to the impact of the payment increases.

Geographic Variation in Medicare Per Capita Spending: Should Policy-Makers Be Concerned?

July 31, 2004

Reviews research on geographic variations in Medicare spending per capita; contributing factors, including differences in population mix, prices, and type and amount of care; and whether higher spending ensures better care. Discusses policy implications.