The Rand Corporation studied the differences in care provided to residents with Medicare Advantage (MA) and traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare.  The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, v. 17, no. 10, 1 Oct. 2016, p. 960.e9-960.e14.

“Overall, we found few differences in NH quality scores between MA and FFS Medicare enrollees. MA enrollment was associated with better scores for pressure ulcers and antipsychotic use but worse scores for pain control, incontinence, and urinary catheterization. Results may be limited by residual case-mix differences between MA and FFS patients or by the small number of short-stay measures reported.

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