Medpage Today: Seniors Favor Higher-Rated Medicare Plans First-time enrollees in Medicare Advantage plans and those switching plans were more likely to enroll in ones with a higher star rating, a study of nearly 1.3 million Medicare beneficiaries found. An increase of one star in the ratings made it 9.5 percent more likely a first-time Medicare Advantage enrollee would choose a given plan, the study published in Tuesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association found. Similarly, for those switching plans, a higher star rating was associated with a 4.4 percent greater chance of enrollment. … But awareness and use of Medicare Advantage’s star-rating system has been mixed, Jack Hoadley, PhD, of the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, in Washington, wrote in an accompanying editorial (Pittman, 1/15).
Video: Dr. Eric Larson on Medicare 5-Star Rating System Part 1
Health First Hosts Medicare Advantage Health Plans Seminars
Our four not-for-profit hospitals—Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Health First Palm Bay Hospital in Palm Bay, and Health First Viera Hospital which opened in Viera on April 2, 2011- form the core of Health First’s family in Brevard County on Florida’s Space Coast. Other services include outpatient centers; the county’s only trauma center; home care; specialized programs for cancer, diabetes, heart, stroke, and rehabilitative services; central Brevard’s largest medical group; four fitness centers; and Medicare Advantage, commercial POS, and commercial HMO health plans.
Kaiser Permanente Leads the Nation with Six 5
About Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 9 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.
Alaris Health at The Chateau has received an overall 5
Founded on a tradition of health care excellence, Alaris’ Member Health Centers are leading providers of short-term post hospital rehabilitation, long term and specialty care, with Member Health Centers throughout the state of New Jersey. The Chateau offers a warm, supportive environment for post-hospitalization, short-term rehabilitation patients, and long-term residents alike. A highly regarded ventilator care program and state-of–the-art post-hospital rehabilitative therapies are just a few of the specialized medical features at The Chateau.
Seven Choices Medicare Plans Will Need To Make In Order To Survive
Sales channels are a good example of this. Given the recent proliferation of channels, it is critical that MA plans optimize their mix by focusing on the needs of their customers, instead of looking at what has helped sell various Medicare products in the past. Traditional channel options include direct sales, brokers, groups, and the web; emerging channels include retail stores, payor partnerships, and private exchanges. Each avenue provides a unique experience for the customer, and the right match can determine the eventual buying decision. The range of channels increases complexity, but it also allows leading plans to tailor their engagement strategy by segmenting the customers and personalizing interactions on the basis of segment needs for sales and enrollment, as well as ongoing interactions with the member to improve experience and manage health outcomes.
Medicare Star Ratings: Consumers Ignore, Industry Debates
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Seaport Santa Monica Nursing Home Attains Medicare 5 Star Facility Rating
Finding quality nursing home and rehabilitation care is a major concern for the aging population in Santa Monica and their family members. Patients who are receiving nursing care services want to know that their health and safety are being held in the highest regard. The Medicare rating system is one way that patients can ensure that a nursing facility meets the highest standards of care.
Power in Comparing Medicare Stars
But star ratings are just one factor to consider if you are shopping for a Medicare plan. You also want to make sure that the plan includes your preferred physicians and facilities. So check to see if your doctors and hospitals are in the network. Going out of network with a Medicare Advantage plan can add up! And when you are shopping price compare not just the premium, but the co-pays and deductibles you will be responsible for each time you use the plan.