To compare performance between Medicare Advantage () and Fee‐for‐Service () Medicare during a time of policy changes affecting both programs.
Performance data for 16 clinical quality measures and 6 patient experience measures for 9.9 million beneficiaries living in California, New York, and Florida.
We compared and performance overall, by plan type, and within service areas associated with contracts between and organizations. Case mix‐adjusted analyses (for measures not typically adjusted) were used to explore the effect of case mix on / differences.
Data Sources/Study Setting
Performance measures were submitted by organizations, obtained from the nationwide fielding of the Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems () Survey, or derived from claims.
Overall, outperformed on all 16 clinical quality measures. Differences were large for measures and small for Part D measures and remained after case mix adjustment. enrollees reported better experiences overall, but beneficiaries reported better access to care. Relative to , performance gaps were much wider for s than s. Excluding measures, / differences were much smaller in contract‐level comparisons.
Medicare Advantage/Fee‐for‐Service differences are often large but vary in important ways across types of measures and contracts.
Data Collection/Extraction Methods