Medicare beneficiaries considering 2021 Medicare Advantage plans now have a new reason to take a closer look: an innovative, Buffalo-based population health model that features the leading trusted local medical group providing services designed to improve the quality, value, and patient experience of Medicare Advantage patients.
Buffalo Medical Group is teaming up with five of the areas local and national Medicare Advantage plans to offer a new population health model, Senior Care Advantage ONE. A list of participating health plans can be found at www.SeniorCareAdvantageONE.com. Medicare beneficiaries can explore the benefits offered by these plans during the Medicare Annual Election Period from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.
Buffalo Medical Group (“BMG”) continues its commitment to purpose-built care for seniors through this innovative model. Patients covered by participating Medicare Advantage plans can secure appointments, either in-person or virtually, within two weeks at all BMG locations. BMG seniors are also enjoying a commitment to preventative care and services which are unparalleled throughout the community, especially during these extraordinary times. As such, over 85% of seniors with a BMG PCP will undergo an annual wellness visit in 2020 and are benefitting from more time with their physician and a comprehensive approach to their health and wellbeing.
The two-county area is populated by 252,662 Medicare beneficiaries, according to 2020 governmental demographic figures. About 63 percent were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans.
The goal is to offer high quality care by providing the right care at the right times in the right locations, with a focus on preventing illnesses from occurring or worsening, explained John Notaro, MD, Medical Director of SCAONE and a primary care physician with Buffalo Medical Group. “If patients stay healthier, they are less likely to require costly emergency care or hospitalizations. Better coordination will be safer for patients and lead to less duplication of testing, such as unnecessary MRIs, X-rays, or overprescribing medications that can conflict with each other.”
Seniors Selecting Medicare Advantage Coverage is Accelerating
A 2020 Study from the Better Medicare Alliance found that Medicare Advantage patients save $1,598 over those with traditional Medicare. These patients also report 99% satisfaction with the care they receive under their Medicare Advantage plans and have 78% more plans to choose from nationally than they did five years ago. Because of Medicare Advantage coverage offers more benefits for the money, seniors are increasingly selecting Medicare Advantage coverage over traditional Medicare. In fact, experts predict that the number of Medicare Advantage-covered seniors will double by 2029. By collaborating with five Medicare Advantage plans in Buffalo, BMG is providing patients with the opportunity to save money and have more choice than ever in terms of the Medicare Advantage plans contracted with the practice.
For more information about SCAONE, visit www.SeniorCareAdvantageONE.com.
About Buffalo Medical Group
Founded in 1946, Buffalo Medical Group, P.C., is among the first and largest multi-specialty physician practice groups in New York State. With nearly 200 primary care, specialist, sub-specialist physicians and advanced practitioners – as well as a team of more than 800 nurses, technologists and other health care professionals – BMG records more than 850,000 outpatient visits annually at its main locations in Buffalo, Williamsville and Orchard Park as well as more than 10 satellite sites. For more information on BMG, visit www.buffalomedicalgroup.com.