Assessing Medicare beneficiaries' readiness to make informed health plan choices.
Levesque, Deborah A
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Cummins, Carol O; Miranda, David; Prochaska, James O; Terrell, Sherry
The Transtheoretical Model (TTM, the "stage" model) can guide development of programs to increase Medicare beneficiaries'
readiness to make informed health plan choices. In this study, TTM stage algorithms were developed to assess readiness to
engage in three types of informed choice: (1) learning about the Medicare program; (2) learning about Medicare health maintenance
organizations (HMOs); and (3) reviewing different plan options. Stage of change based on all three algorithms is related to
knowledge about the Medicare program and information-seeking. Findings provide evidence for the construct validity of the
stage measures and for the applicapability of the TTM to informed choice among beneficiaries.