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Study: Medicare Advantage Cut ER Visits 33% Compared To Fee-For Service

Seniors enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans had one-third fewer emergency room visits and 23% fewer stays in a hospital than those enrolled in traditional fee-for-service Medicare, a new study by health research firm Avalere Health shows.

The 32-page report, funded by the insurance industry-backed Better Medicare Alliance, comes as the Trump administration expands the services private health plans can offer seniors via Medicare Advantage plans. These MA plans contract with the federal government to provide extra benefits and services to seniors than traditional Medicare, such as disease management and nurse help hotlines, with some also providing vision and dental care and wellness programs.