Which tops the consensus expectation of a 2 % drop.

Analyst offers prediction approximately Medicare advantage plans The Associated Press: Analyst Predicts Flat Initial Medicare Rates Preliminary 2012 reimbursement prices for Medicare Benefit plans should be roughly flat, which tops the consensus expectation of a 2 % drop, according to Citi analyst Carl McDonald more effective . McDonald said Tuesday in a intensive research note the prices will be hurt by cuts from the health care overhaul, but he also thinks they will reap the benefits of an adjustment to prior estimates. He mentioned that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Providers assumed physician reimbursement rates would drop 20 % this year 2010 and 2011, and that didn’t happen .