As Expected, Top MA-PD Payers See Star Ratings Declines

The average star rating for Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plans declined following the phaseout of pandemic-related flexibilities, according to CMS. While 72% of MA-PD beneficiaries are enrolled in a contract that is rated at least 4 stars for 2023, that’s down from an all-time high of 90% in 2022. These drops were anticipated however, as CMS in 2022’s ratings qualified all contracts under an “extreme and uncontrollable circumstances” policy to account for the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), which allowed payers to pick “best of” scores on many measures. Also, for 2023, the agency assigned a greater weight to member experience measures based largely on contracts’ Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, after CMS suspended the collection of CAHPS survey data during the PHE.

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Carina Belles

Carina Belles

Carina has been covering public-sector health care since 2018. As a data reporter for Radar on Medicare Advantage, she creates infographics and data stories on issues impacting Medicare, Medicaid and Part D. She also develops AIS Health Daily, a free daily newsletter that showcases AIS’s strong reporting across our four publications and parent company Norstella’s suite of market access and data solutions. Prior to joining the editorial team, she managed Medicare and Medicaid data for the Directory of Health Plans, AIS’s industry-standard health coverage database. She graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Journalism.

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