Medicare plans and providers face a crucial task each year: achieve the highest Medicare star ratings possible or face the consequences. With major revenue and competitive positioning at stake — including the possibility of losing Medicare contracts if certain measures earn fewer than three stars for three consecutive years — Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans must take every step possible to maximize performance on all of the star rating quality measures.
Medicare Star Ratings: Key Steps to Prepare for Changes in 2014 and 2015 examines upcoming changes to the stars rating program as detailed in the 2014 Star Rating Final Call Letter, released by CMS on April 1, 2013.
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Questions addressed in the report include:
- Which new measures -- and changes to existing measures -- will pose the biggest hurdle to Medicare plans?
- How will the potential change to using percentage scores rather than stars in calculating summary and overall star ratings affect your organization's score?
- What steps should your organization take to prepare for 2014 display measures that may be used in calculating star ratings in 2015?
- Which three high-scoring ratings may CMS move to the display page, where they'll be collected and monitored but will not be used in calculating star ratings?
- What other measures are likely to be adopted in the future? How should plans begin preparing for them today?
Order Medicare Star Ratings: Key Steps to Prepare for Changes in 2014 and 2015 today and get the tools and insights needed to achieve the highest level star ratings possible on all of CMS's quality measures. Your order includes a PDF version sent via email attachment and a print version mailed to you within 5-7 business days.
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