On August 10, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announced changes to the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (MA-VBID) model.

The MA-VBID model test is set to begin in January 1, 2017, at which time selected MA plans in designated states will be permitted to offer varied benefit designs for enrollees diagnosed with specified clinical conditions.  In 2018, the model will expand to Alabama, Michigan, and Texas, and will add two clinical categories:  rheumatoid arthritis and dementia.

For additional information about the CMMI MA V-BID model program, please visit the model website: innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/vbid/


Our latest White Paper, supported by the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center, draws attention to the growing problem of cost-related non-adherence in Medicare and explores how clinically nuanced cost-sharing can mitigate adverse patient-centered outcomes.  Actuarial modeling reveals that Medicare Advantage plans that reduce cost-sharing for high-value services for select chronic conditions is a fiscally feasible option.

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View our timeline on the role of V-BID in MA