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Medicare Star Ratings: What Are They and How Do They Affect Me?

Posted by TSS Medicare Helper on Mar 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Each year CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) measures Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) and Part D Prescription Drug (PDP) plans to see how well they are performing. The grade each plan receives is based on a range from 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the highest a plan can receive, and one being the lowest. Medicare scores how well the plans do in several categories and the plan is assigned one Star Rating to summarize the plan’s overall performance, as well as separate Star Ratings in each of the individual categories reviewed. Here's how:

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Topics: Star Ratings, www.medicare.gov, Medicare, CMS, Medicare.gov, Medicare Part D, What is Medicare Part D?, What are Medicare Supplements?, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Supplement Plans, Medicaid, medicare advantage, Medicare Advantage plans, What are Medicare Advantage Plans?, prescription drug coverage, Prescription Drug Plan, Prescription drug plans

2 Things You Need To Know About Hospital Star Ratings

Posted by admin on Aug 17, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Did you know that Medicare has a star rating for hospitals?  

The program called Hospital Care gives comprehensive information regarding the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare certified hospitals across the country.  The information available on Hospital Care is available to help you make decisions as to where you receive your healthcare, and it is also available to encourage hospitals to work to improve the quality of care they provide.

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Topics: Medicare, Hospital Ratings, Medicare Plans, Hospital Star Ratings, Compare Hospitals, Compare Medicare Plans, What is Medicare?, What is Medicare Part A?, Health Care, inpatient hospital care, Medicare Part A, Star Ratings

What Do Medicare Advantage Plan and Part D Ratings Mean

Posted by admin on Jul 6, 2015 12:27:46 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both Medicare Advantage and Part D plans come from private companies that must be approved by CMS. However, Medicare rates these plans each year. They use a five-star rating system and publish rankings at the beginning of open enrollment each fall. These ratings are actually very important to consumers and insurance companies.

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Topics: prescription drug coverage, Star Ratings, medicare advantage, Medicare Part D, CMS, applying for Medicare, What is Medicare Advantage?, What are Medicare Supplements?, What is Medicare?, Part D, What is Medicare Part D?

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