2023 Stars Signal Return to Normal, With Some Caveats

A little over half of Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) contracts that will be offered in 2023 received an overall rating of 4 stars or higher, according to Medicare Parts C and D Star Ratings data released by CMS on Oct. 6. As expected, the new ratings reflect a return to normal after adjustments made for the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) resulted in a staggering 70% of MA-PD plans earning 4 stars or higher for 2022, compared with 49% of plans in 2021. But as the market becomes more saturated across the country, industry experts are watching closely to see whether recent steps taken by CMS to penalize poor performers will really level-set the market or demonstrate that more changes are needed to ensure members enroll in high-quality plans.

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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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