From a loosening of Medicare Advantage uniformity requirements and telehealth restrictions to an expanded definition of supplemental benefits that MA plans may incorporate into bids, 2018 was the year of flexibility as CMS repeatedly rolled out rulemaking and subregulatory guidance.

Here, industry experts share their predictions for 2019 on several key themes, including benefit design, industry consolidation and payment reform.

Kevin Palamara, Managing Director, Provident: In terms of consolidation, “I think we’ll see a lot of similarities to what we saw in 2018. Within the MA landscape as you think about traditional mergers and acquisitions and who those consolidators are in the marketplace, by and large it will continue to be a market that is dominated by the strategy acquirers…”

To read the full article from Radar on Medicare Advantage view the pdf: Consolidation, Innovation, Flexibility Will Shape Year for MAOs and learn more about Kevin Palamara and Jon Brown’s thoughts.

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