Medicare Advantage offers solutions on costs, quality

07/3/2013 | USA Today

Although the outlook has improved somewhat, the country is still facing unsustainable long-term health care costs. But, Daniel Gorlin and Jon Kaplan write, policymakers can find solutions in the Medicare Advantage program. An analysis of HMOs, PPOs and "capitated" health networks found patients in more heavily managed programs enjoy better health outcomes, shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions. "Policy makers and medical experts will continue to look for new models for the delivery of quality care at affordable prices," they write. "As they do, they shouldn't ignore the success story that already exists. They should try to replicate it."

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