Nearly 20 leaders from various sectors of the health care industry sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in support of Medicare Advantage payment policy changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“The continuing excess payment to Medicare Advantage plans through the coding game drains resources from taxpayers, patients and important investments in improving the community conditions that generate health,” said Dr. Don Berwick, a former CMS administrator who signed the letter. ”CMS’s proposed changes offer an opportunity for health plans to come to the table, help fix the broken payment system and redirect efforts toward the needs of patients and population health.”

The signers of the letter back proposed changes in the Calendar Year 2024 Advance Notice with Proposed Payment Updates for the Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Programs.

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