Statement by Don Crane, President and CEO of CAPG:
"Year after year of cuts to the Medicare Advantage program will
undermine the coordinated care delivery model and the comprehensive care
and services that our physician groups provide to the more than 15
million seniors enrolled in the program.
"The proposed new cuts are on top of a six percent cut made to the
Medicare Advantage program last year. We urge CMS to withdraw the
proposed reduction and instead issue final rates that ensure a strong
future for te Medicare Advantage program.
"Seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage have better access to primary
care and prevention services, like mammograms and diabetes care, than
they do in traditional Medicare. They also have access to comprehensive
care teams, including physicians and other healthcare professionals. All
of this reduces the use of higher cost, more intensive care downstream.
"The strengths of Medicare Advantage can be quantified in its enrollment
numbers. Among seniors newly eligible for Medicare, 50 percent are
enrolling in Medicare Advantage over traditional Medicare.
"CAPG physician organizations know first-hand that the quality and
coordination of healthcare services available in Medicare Advantage are
unmatched elsewhere in the healthcare delivery system. The proposed cuts
are a step in the wrong direction for senior healthcare and seem to
indicate a desire to go back to the higher cost days of spending on
volume rather than value."
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