Enrollment Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have doubled in the last decade and are expected to continue growing. The MA Star Rating System acts as both a tool for consumers and a method for determining payment to MA plans. The goal is to increase the quality of health care available to Medicare enrollees. Evidence suggests that the system has improved the quality of care, but there are several weaknesses that need to be addressed.
Author: William S. Custer, PhD, is the director of the Center for Health Services Research in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Previously, he was the director of research at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining EBRI, Dr. Custer was an economist in the Center for Health Policy Research at the American Medical Association, and served as assistant professor of economics at Northern Illinois University.
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