MA Palliative Care Benefits See Little 2023 Growth, But Payer Interest Remains High

In 2023, only ten new MA plans will offer palliative care as a primary health benefit, but it may be available through other programs.

The relatively minor increase in plans doesn’t necessarily signal a lack of interest, according to Tyler Overstreet Cromer, principal of ATI Advisory’s Medicare Innovation Team.

“I wouldn’t read too much into it. I think Medicare Advantage plans are very interested in palliative care, and I think there are other vehicles,” Cromer told Hospice News. “So, I would want to keep a close eye on what’s happening in the value-based insurance design demonstration (VBID), particularly as it relates to the hospice component, because we don’t have that data. But my sense is that we will see some innovation in that space in VBID.”

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