Beneficiary decisionmaking: The impact of labeling health plan choices.
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Engelberg, Moshe; Koepke, Christopher P; Meitl, John; Sutton, Sharyn; Thompson, Elizabeth
One critical health plan decision concerns choosing an original Medicare plan or a Medicare managed care plan. Evidence suggests
that people are confused by teh phrase "Original Medicare Plan." Using focus group and Q-sort methodology, the authors sought
to identify a namefor the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) product. Two key insights were gained. First, participants used the
word "Medicare" to name the FFS product. Second, participants did not choose between two plans. Rather, they decided between
supplemental insurance and a managed care product. These factors should influence how CMS "brands" not only teh FFS product
but also the overall Medicare program.