Medicare Patients are currently 10 times more likely to have amputations than higher income patients. Those amputations currently cost Medicare over $100,000 each….
The Medicare Advantage plans do basic care process design to help those patients. The Medicare Advantage care teams know that almost 90 percent of amputations are caused by foot ulcers. The plans all know that you can reduce foot ulcers by more than 40 percent with dry feet and with clean socks for those patients.
More than 90 percent of the Medicare Advantage plan patients in the special-needs Plans have clean feet and dry socks and those care sites and plans have extremely few amputations. That’s why their mortality rates for the special-needs plans are so low.
We know that … the basic care delivered in the special-needs plans improves the patient status level from the 7 percent of the people being at very high risk to only 2 percent at very high risk for the people in the plans.
That’s a huge improvement!
Source: HealthPlanMarkets, April 21, 2023.