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ISSUES IN MEDICARE ADVANTAGE

Medicare Advantage Appeal Outcomes and Audit Findings Raise Concerns About Service and Payment Denials

The OIG can offer us different perspectives on issues in Medicare/Medicare Advantage . Here is one....

WHY WE DID THIS STUDY...

A central concern about the capitated payment model used in Medicare Advantage is the potential incentive for MAOs to inappropriately deny access to services and payment in an attempt to increase their profits. An MAO that inappropriately denies authorization of services for beneficiaries, or payments to health care providers, may contribute to physical or financial harm and also misuses Medicare Program dollars that CMS paid for beneficiary healthcare. Because Medicare Advantage covers so many beneficiaries (more than 20 million in 2018), even low rates of inappropriately denied services or payment can create significant problems for many Medicare beneficiaries and their providers.

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