10.07.2019

Flexibility resulting from Medicare changes could be good for some, CEO says

The devil is in the details, as the saying goes, but President Trump’s call for changes to the Medicare program could mean some good things for senior living residents and the providers who serve them, Juniper Communities founder and CEO Lynne Katzmann told McKnight’s Senior Living.

The executive order signed by the president on Oct. 3 gives the secretary of Health and Human Services a year to develop a regulation “and implement other administrative actions” to “provide beneficiaries with more diverse and affordable plan choices.” The order calls for changes to Medicare Advantage benefit structures and plan designs, a payment model that adjusts supplemental MA benefits to allow Medicare beneficiaries to share more directly in savings from the program, and assurance that “[fee-for-service] Medicare is not advantaged or promoted over MA with respect to its administration.”

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