The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) have released the following statement in regards to CMS’ release of the Medicare Advantage and Part D Advance Notice Fact Sheet. The following statement is attributable to AHCA/NCAL:

“AHCA/NCAL appreciates CMS’ recognition and support of provider-led initiatives. Provider-led Medicare Advantage (MA) Special Needs Plans (I-SNPs) are essential tools in allowing providers to meaningfully participate in the full care experience of their residents and patients. Provider-led I-SNPs account for 36 percent of all I-SNP plans, and they provide residents and patients on-site enhanced primary care and help prevent hospitalizations, resulting in higher quality care, as well as improved patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Forty percent of all long term care plans serve rural populations. Through MA plans, patients have access to enhanced primary care in these underserved areas. We encourage CMS to take steps to expand beneficiary access to locally committed, specialized plans that meet the unique needs of a medically frail population.”