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Eli Y. Adashi, Daniel P. O’Mahony & I. Glenn Cohen, Medicare Advantage: Growth Amidst Mounting Scrutiny, 36 J. Am. Bd. Fam. Med. 1 (2023).

Abstract: The Medicare Advantage Program, home to nearly half of the eligible Medicare population, has recently come under increased scrutiny. The Government Accountability Office called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to monitor “disenrollment of MA beneficiaries in the last year of life, validate MA-provided encounter data, and strengthen audits used to identify and recover improper payments to MA plans.” The House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy & Commerce, dedicated a hearing to “Protecting America’s Seniors: Oversight of Private Sector Medicare Advantage Plans.” In addition, a recently conducted audit of the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services raised concerns over “denials of prior authorization requests” and “beneficiary access to medically necessary care.” In this article we consider the backdrop for the growing scrutiny of the MA program and the implications thereof to its future trajectory.