One of CMS (The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) most important Medicare goals is to make the quality of Medicare Advantage plans for their beneficiaries transparent. In this effort, advantage plans are each year are rated on a scale ranging from 1 to 5 stars. One star represents poor performance, while a five-star rating is considered excellent. Plan Ratings are published each year in fall, before the open enrollment period begins and beneficiaries may enroll in or switch plans.
Choosing the Best Medicare Advantage Plan
List of participating doctors and hospitals. With very few exceptions, Medicare Advantage plans have provider networks. If you do not use a hospital or doctor in the plan’s network, it will either pay nothing or very little. If you click on a plan’s name and scroll down on the resulting page, you can see how many doctors take part in the plan. You can also click on a link that will take you to the plan’s website so you can look to see whether your doctors and hospital take part. You can also ask your favorite doctors what Advantage plans they take part in and which ones they recommend.
Part C and D Performance Data
How to Get the Most out of Medicare
Your first big decision after enrolling in Medicare will be whether to stick with original Medicare plus a Medigap supplemental plan—or get your Medicare benefits through a private Medicare Advantage plan. We lay out the advantages and disadvantages of both options so you can choose the right one for you.
Medicare Advantage Star Rating
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Star Rating system to allow Medicare consumers to assess the overall quality of Medicare Advantage plans in various health, wellness and consumer satisfaction categories.