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Medicare Advantage

Definition

From the Medicare Managed Care Manual, chapter 1,  section 10: "The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) (Public Law 105-33) established a new Part C of the Medicare program, known then as the Medicare+Choice (M+C) program, effective January 1999. As part of the M+C program, the BBA authorized CMS to contract with public or private organizations to offer a variety of health plan options for beneficiaries, including both traditional managed care plans (such as those offered by Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) under §1876 of the Social Security Act) and new options that were not previously authorized." "The Part C program of Medicare was renamed the Medicare Advantage (MA) Program pursuant to Title II of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) (Public Law 108-173), which was enacted on December 8, 2003."

Acronym
MA
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