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April 21, 2016

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From Medicare Advantage News - There are significant health care disparities, both in terms of access and results, between minority groups and whites in Medicare Advantage plans, according to the first-ever CMS release of data stratified by contract for race and ethnicity in MA. The data, which were released April 19 and are slated to be issued annually, show “we have a number of measures that we need to do a better job” on, Cara James, Ph.D., director of the CMS Office of Minority Health, tells MAN. But a close look at the 2013 and 2014 quality measures that CMS and its research partner RAND Corp. Read more

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April 28, 2016
Pennsylvania Awards Medicaid Managed Care Pacts Ahead of Schedule

Pennsylvania awarded Medicaid contracts to eight insurers for its HealthChoices program earlier than expected.

April 21, 2016
Note from the Publisher

With the April 21 issue of Medicare Advantage News, Jim Gutman is retiring after a 47-year publishing career that included newspaper reporting and editing for three dailies, two stints at McGraw-Hill publications, a corporate editing job for Johnson & Johnson, founding and running his own company (Business Information Services, Inc.), and 15 years of great accomplishments and dedication to AIS’s growth and success. No one is more deserving of a restful retirement than Jim, and the entire AIS family wishes him and his wife Kathy all the best for a long, happy, healthy retirement.

April 19, 2016
CMS Report Details Racial Disparities in Medicare Advantage

A new report from CMS details racial disparities in health care in the Medicare Advantage program, chronicling gaps in patient experience and access to care.

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