The Secretary’s plan to phase in the interim risk adjustment system- with a method that uses a weighted blend of the payment amounts that would apply under the interim system and those that would apply under the current system- is sound. The weight on the interim payment amounts should be back-end loaded. That is, the weights should be relatively low in the first years so that most organizations will not experience extreme changes in their total payments.
Medicare+Choice: A Program in Transition (D)
March 1, 1999