Reaching for the Stars: Quality Ratings of Medicare Advantage Plans, 2011

New: Medicare Advantage Plan Star Ratings and Bonus Payments in 2012

In 2012, Medicare Advantage plans will be awarded additional payments based on their quality ratings as a result of the 2010 health reform law. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a demonstration that would modify the quality-based payments for plans, providing additional payments for 2012 to 2014.

This policy brief by the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the quality ratings of private Medicare Advantage plans by plan characteristics, and beneficiaries’ access to highly rated plans in 2011. The brief shows the potential for Medicare Advantage plans to receive quality-based bonuses under both the 2010 health reform law and the proposed demonstration.

Issue Brief (.pdf)