CMS launches value-based Medicare Advantage program

CMS has rolled out a new Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model that will be tested in seven states starting in 2017 as a way to trim costs in the treatment of certain chronic conditions. The new Medicare Advantage plan offers flexibility in extra supplemental benefits for enrollees with diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, past stroke, hypertension, coronary artery disease, mood disorders and combinations of these categories. The model starts Jan.