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Medicare and Medicare Advantage Compared

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | May 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

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The choice of a nursing home is crucial and how is one assured of high quality care?

Recently, some researchers looked at the quality of care that traditional Medicare enrollees receive versus Medicare Advantage enrollees, according to ElderLawAnswers in "Are Medicare Advantage Plans Steering Enrollees to Lower-Quality Nursing Homes?"

It turns out that Medicare Advantage enrollees on average, enter nursing homes that score worse on quality control metrics than traditional Medicare enrollees. The study did not examine the reasons for the discrepancies. However, it is important that this study be pursued, so policy makers can make sure that all seniors receive high quality care.

Medicare Advantage enrollees or their families should do their own investigation into nursing homes, before deciding upon one.

Reference: Elder Law Answers (April 16, 2018) "Are Medicare Advantage Plans Steering Enrollees to Lower-Quality Nursing Homes?"

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Nina Whitehurst

Attorney at Law Nina has been practicing law for over 30 years in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business law She is currently licensed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Tennessee. Her Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating is the highest achievable: 5 stars in peer...

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