Optum study: Accountable Medicare Advantage models produce better outcomes, greater efficiency
Fierce Healthcare February 17, 2023
By Paige Minemyer
Kenneth Cohen, M.D., executive director of translational research at Optum Health, said that accountable care models also have greater incentive to embrace new technologies that may be less expensive than traditional approaches to care. (Big Joe/Getty Images)
Value-based models in Medicare Advantage (MA) achieve better patient outcomes and more efficient care compared to traditional Medicare, according to a recent study from Optum.
The study, which was published
in JAMA Network Open, included data on more than 316,000 people, split evenly between MA members in a two-sided risk accountable care model and traditional Medicare beneficiaries. The researchers found that the MA model produced better outcomes and greater efficiency across all eight metrics studied, including admissions for certain diseases, avoidable...