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Recent policy changes have given Medicare Advantage (MA) plans new flexibility to offer a wider range of benefits that support their members’ broader health and social needs, and allow them to target these novel supports to members that need them most. Many of the newly allowable benefits, including home-based palliative care, in-home support services, and family caregiver supports, can be especially important for those living with serious illness. A new study from the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy examines the spread of these supplemental benefits for the serious illness population and the challenges faced by MA plan leaders as they navigate the complicated process of evaluating, structuring, pricing, and implementing these new services.

During this webinar, the research team discussed their findings and highlight policy and programmatic opportunities to increase benefit uptake in the years ahead. The conversation also featured the perspective of a Medicare Advantage and serious illness expert with first-hand experience in the implementation of supplemental benefits. Attention will be paid to the key questions MA plans need to consider in order to successfully capitalize on this opportunity to improve care for some of their most vulnerable members.

Robert S. Saunders, PhD, Research Director, Payment and Delivery Reform, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Rachel Roiland, PhD, RN, Research Associate, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Hannah Crook, Research Assistant, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Torrie Fields, MPH, CEO, VotiveHealth

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