HealthcareSCAN plots course for Medicare Advantage growth

SCAN plots course for Medicare Advantage growth

SCAN Group plans to expand its Medicare Advantage reach into Texas in 2023 as the insurer stakes its claim in another competitive market for private Medicare plans. 

In addition to offering health insurance in Texas, SCAN Group’s not-for-profit insurer, named SCAN Health Plan, will expand its plan options in Nevada during open enrollment this year. Open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Regulators from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services must approve SCAN’s plan to add counties. 

Geographic expansion in Medicare Advantage and investment in healthcare services are key to the company’s diversification and growth strategy, Dr. Sachin Jain, president and CEO, said in a news release. SCAN didn’t immediately respond to an interview request. 

“SCAN is on a trajectory of rapid growth,” Jain said in the news release. “With the record-breaking [annual enrollment period] season we experienced last year, we are keenly aware of what older adults are looking for in their Medicare Advantage plan – and we are poised to deliver.” 

SCAN ventured outside California last year when it expanded its Medicare Advantage plans to Nevada and Arizona. That strategy worked and the not-for-profit insurer increased its Medicare Advantage membership 17% year-over-year, to more than 270,000 members. SCAN’s growth outpaced the overall Medicare Advantage market increase of 3% last year, according to The Chartis Group, a consultancy. Analysts at the time credited SCAN with capturing market share from Alignment Healthcare, Bright Health Group and other insurers with a heavy California presence.

SCAN is the second-largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage insurer in the nation, according to Chartis. Kaiser Health Plan is the largest not-for-profit insurer with 12.6 million members, according to the consultancy. 

Along with increasing its Medicare Advantage footprint, SCAN Group has  invested in a number of healthcare services assets with the aim of diversifying its business. 

The parent company in June invested an undisclosed sum in SafeRide Health, a technology company that builds non-emergency transportation service programs for older adults. 

In May, SCAN Group paid an undisclosed sum for home care provider The Residentialist Group. The deal represented the first acquisition of an outside company in SCAN’s 45-year history. SCAN merged The Residentialist Group with its provider arm to launch Homebase Medical, a medical group that specializes in home care. 

In February, SCAN Health Plan partnered with not-for-profit insurer Commonwealth Care Alliance to launch myPlace Health, a value-based provider that specializes in working with older adults enrolled in the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. 

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