Letters to the Editor

August 16, 2014

Robert LeFevre: How Medicare Advantage works

The op-ed by Dr. Amy Nguyen Howell, “Medicare Advantage: Better option for some” (Aug. 7, Page A7) was an excellent discussion of fee-for-service vs. prepaid medical care. In a well-run Medicare Advantage program, it pays to employ care managers to coordinate everything from home-going instructions, to follow-up home visits for safety and compliance with treatment programs. Pharmacists become an integral part of the team. None of these services can be billed for in the traditional fee-for-service model, thus, in general, they do not happen.

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