Some Medicare drug plans improved star ratings, study says

Twenty eight percent of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and 49 percent of stand-alone Part D plans (PDPs) improved their star ratings from 2012 to 2013, according to an analysis by Avalere Health of data released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS).

“This is good news for Medicare beneficiaries,” Bonnie Washington, Avalere senior vice president, said in a statement. “In 2013, beneficiaries will be able to choose from a greater number of high-quality plans that best meet their health care needs.”

Avalere said that of the 419 Medicare Advantage plan contracts that received star ratings in both 2012 and 2013, 119 improved their star ratings in 2013. The study said that 50 Medicare Advantage plan contracts had lower ratings in 2013 as compared to 2012. For prescription drug plans, of the 59 PDP contracts that received ratings in both 2012 and 2013, 29 improved their star ratings while six saw a decline.

A link to the Avalere Health news release is here.