Modern Healthcare writes: More Medicare Advantage programs received top quality ratings from the CMS for their 2017 plans than in previous years, although the average star rating declined slightly, according to data released Wednesday.The star ratings for the first time incorporated socio-economic information about plan enrollees. The change was announced after pressure from health plans and the release of studies showing patients eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare scored consistently worse than other enrollees on performance measures.Plans receive a star rating of one to five based on quality and performance measures in categories such as outcomes, patient experience and access. Plans that receive a score of four or higher receive a 5% bonus payment.
Medicare Advantage Programs Receive Top Quality Ratings from CMS
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