Medicare Advantage with prescription drug coverage (MA-PD) contracts are rated on up to 44 unique quality and performance measures; MA-only contracts (without prescription drug coverage) are rated on up to 32 measures; and stand-alone PDP contracts are rated on up to 15 measures. Each year, CMS conducts a comprehensive review of the measures that make up the Star Ratings, considering the reliability of the measures, clinical recommendations, feedback received from stakeholders, and data issues.
The California Department of Insurance is alerting seniors and their advocates to be on their guard against improper sales practices during the annual open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) and the Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) Program.
Every year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) produces spreadsheets with mountains of data on Medicare Advantage medical plans and the Part D Prescription drug plans. In addition to a detailed review of Medicare Advantage Star Ratings and the forty-seven different measurements, CMS also catalogs all the available MA-PDs and PDPs in what are called Landscape Source files.