Coming in 2020: An Expansion of Telehealth in Medicare Advantage

Medicare has been slow to adopt telehealth services such as videoconferencing with a physician, remote patient monitoring, or the sharing of digital medical images with a specialist located miles away. But that’s about to change for some 20 million Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in the program’s private plans, known as Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. The reason? The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which overhauled the way Medicare pays private plans for telehealth services, takes effect in 2020. With this …

Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage: What’s Changing in 2019 and What’s Not

Medicare Advantage (MA)—Medicare’s private plan option that now covers a third of all Medicare beneficiaries—has long offered extra benefits in addition to those covered by traditional Medicare. Known as supplemental benefits, these services have commonly included dental, vision, and hearing coverage. Now MA plans have new flexibility to offer more supplemental benefits in the coming years—a consequence of new rules and a recent law. The result? People shopping for Medicare coverage could see offers for a wider range of supplemental …