• In a first-of-its-kind study published recently, Medicare Advantage patients served by Optum’s comprehensive, fully accountable care model saw healthier outcomes compared to those in Medicare fee-for-service (FFS).



The research, published in JAMA Network Open, compared Optum patients in fully accountable Medicare Advantage plans — where Optum care teams take full financial and clinical responsibility for patients — with a national random sample of administrative claims data for patients served by traditional Medicare fee-for-service.


In every metric examined, the health of patients who were in Optum’s fully accountable care model showed statistically significant improvements.


By the numbers

When compared to Medicare fee-for-service patients, those in fully accountable care plans had: 


Patient service and beyond

This research demonstrates how Optum and UnitedHealthcare’s unique approach to value-based care better serves Medicare Advantage patients and helps to deliver better health outcomes. The study also contributes to the body of evidence showing how Medicare Advantage — with consumer-focused plans and additional benefits not available in FFS — helps people find the best path of care at the right place and time, while reducing costs through modernized and coordinated clinical programs that address their unique needs.