As Health Equity Measurement Begins, MA Plans Must Use Precision to Close Gaps

Starting with the 2027 Star Ratings, CMS will begin rewarding Medicare Advantage plans for their efforts to assess social risk factors and address disparities in certain quality measures with the new Health Equity Index (HEI). Not all plans will qualify and only a third of top-performing plans will be rewarded, but the time is now for plans to look at how they are doing on the claims-based measures that will be impacted and how they are performing for members with one of the qualifying factors (i.e., eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, disability and/or the Part D low-income subsidy).

During a recent panel moderated by AIS Health, a division of MMIT, speakers at the 7th Annual Medicare Advantage Leadership Innovations forum discussed best practices for assessing members’ social needs and how plans can use data to address them and move the needle forward on health equity.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues, including drug benefits and specialty pharmacy, for more than a decade. She served as editor of Drug Benefit News (the predecessor to Radar on Drug Benefits) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016, and now manages Radar on Medicare Advantage. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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