WASHINGTON – Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz released the following statement responding to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) oversight of Medicare Advantage participant access to adequate provider networks:
“More Medicare Advantage beneficiaries have access to higher quality plans and improved care than ever before. It is encouraging that many Medicare Advantage plans are working successfully with government regulators to meet high quality standards.
“It is important that CMS continue to work with Medicare Advantage plans to provide transparency, accountability and timely information on provider networks and beneficiary access to the critical care that many seniors need.
“We encourage policymakers to maintain a regulatory environment that ensures access to the affordable, high quality care that Medicare Advantage provides to over 17 million seniors and those with disabilities.”