Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Releases Audit on Medicare Advantage

An audit recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found that nearly half of the Medicare Advantage plans reviewed by the organization had at least one error in the health provider directories used by patients to find a doctor, The Washington Post reports. Some of the errors cited include listing the wrong location or contact information for providers and errantly indicating that certain providers are accepting new patients when they are not. These blunders can have serious ramifications for those choosing the option. An out-of-date directory could lead a senior to choose a particular plan, only to later find out their doctor is out-of-network and that they must find a new one. According to the Post, this is the third time that the agency has cited Medicare Advantage, with CMS threatening to impose fines regarding similar inaccuracies just last year.  

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