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New Report Outlines Upcoming Changes to the Medicare Star Ratings Program
Date:12/2/2013

Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 02, 2013

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. To address this need, industry-leading health business information publisher Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is pleased to announce the release of the latest report in its Management Insight Series, Medicare Star Ratings: Key Steps to Prepare for Changes in 2014 and 2015, which examines upcoming changes to the star ratings program as detailed in the 2014 Star Rating Final Call Letter released by CMS earlier this year.

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 an organization’s score?
  • What steps should organizations 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 s
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