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Topic: Star Ratings
In response to client requests, GHG is holding its first-ever Client Forum June 12-13 in Washington. With so much change in the air in government programs, the Forum is the perfect opportunity to get your team focused on the road ahead.
We’re less than three months from the GHG Forum. This is NOT your usual conference. We’ve developed a unique educational retreat for management teams working in government programs. I’m thrilled at the presentations our faculty are preparing: we’re putting our senior consultants on the stage to deliver case studies, war stories and tales of best practices. But just as importantly, we’re building in time for you to react to these sessions with your team— to develop questions for your track faculty, compare notes, discuss implementing the best practices you’ve learned about.
Today Secretary Sebelius announced the results of the annual election period showing that Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment increased by 10 percent compared to this time last year. She declared that Medicare Advantage is “stronger than ever”. This is consistent with my prediction in a December 2, 2011 blog based on reports we were seeing on the ground and hearing from the industry. The best news is that more beneficiaries are enrolling in 4 and 5 star plans, suggesting that the star bonuses and better information to beneficiaries may be influencing the choices. It is interesting that enrollment in stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans increased while enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans with drug coverage (MA-PDs) declined compared to last year. Enrollment in Special Needs Plans also increased about 10 percent. I look forward to seeing research on the effects of the new quality incentives on beneficiary choices and future changes in star ratings and beneficiary satisfaction surveys.
Forbes recently published a blog post (“Seniors: No, You Cannot Keep Your Plan Even if You Like It”) that was wildly off the mark on the future of Medicare Advantage. I commented directly there (my handle on the Forbes blog is MedicareNinja), but had to call it out here.