Good News for Home Health Agencies: Medicare Advantage enrollment flat

Stephen Tweed | February 18, 2006 | Newsroom
The percentage of Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolling in Medicare Advantage managed care plans has remained flat during the last six months of 2005. According to data from CMS made available by VNAA, 13% of Medicare beneficiaries across the country were enrolled in Medicare Advantage as of December 30; the same % as in July…

The percentage of Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolling in Medicare Advantage managed care plans has remained flat during the last six months of 2005. According to data from CMS made available by VNAA, 13% of Medicare beneficiaries across the country were enrolled in Medicare Advantage as of December 30; the same % as in July of 2005.

That’s good news for home health agencies who are not positioned to compete for managed care contracts, and who have had the experience of losing money on their managed care business in the past. You’ll recall that the home health industry spend millions of dollars and millions of staff hours in the mid 1990s getting ready to compete for managed care business that never really materialized. And those agencies that were successful getting the contracts ususually did not come out very well economically.

What do you see happening with Medicare Advantage plans in your marketplace? Add your comments below.

Stephen Tweed
Stephen Tweed, CSP, began his journey as a business strategist in home health care in 1982. Today, Stephen is among the top thought leaders in Home Care strategy and management. He has worked with top 5% companies from across the US. He is a sought after speaker at from national and state association events.

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