Geography and Destiny: Local-Market Perspectives on Developing Medicare Advantage Regional Plans

July/August 2005
Health Affairs , Vol. 24, No. 4 (July/August 2005)
Robert E. Hurley, Bradley C. Strunk, Joy M. Grossman

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 established regional preferred provider organizations (PPOs) as a new private-plan option for beneficiaries in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program, starting in 2006. Developing network-based Medicare products uniformly priced across statewide or multistate regions presents unprecedented challenges and opportunities for health insurers. The authors held discussions with local health plan and hospital informants in six of the twelve Community Tracking Study (CTS) communities to obtain their perspectives on key considerations in evaluating whether they can and will offer regional PPO products under the MA program.

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