Topic: Star Ratings

The ABCs of Member Satisfaction

Melissa Smith

Member satisfaction. Customer centricity. Member retention. Consumer experience. Regardless of the term used, the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey measures continue to be the common denominator by which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) measures a health plan’s success, creating a positive member experience. CAHPS® survey responses now represent 16% of a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan’s overall Star Rating, and an additional 33% is comprised of member-reported health outcomes and administrative measurements of member access and experience. With approximately 50% of the overall Star Rating now driven by some element of the member’s experience, many health plan leaders now better appreciate the value of consistently providing members with excellent service and a positive experience.

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Where is Healthcare Now? The Long March to Value-Based Care.

David Sayen

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Takeaways from the Gorman Health Group 2016 Client Forum

John Gorman

The Gorman Health Group 2016 Forum concluded last week with over 200 of our closest clients and partners. There was great news and rough news, so here are a few takeaways: Read more

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CMS Largely Holds Firm on Most Proposed MA Payment & Policy Changes for 2017

Olga Walther

On April 4th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2017 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies, and 2017 Call Letter. This is the final notice of changes in rates of payment and overall policy.

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Engaging Providers in Quality

Melissa Smith

According to a recent study by researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College, and as recently reported in Health Affairs, medical practices in four common specialties (cardiology, orthopedics, primary care, and multi specialty practices) spend an average of 785 hours per physician and $15.4 billion annually reporting quality measures to Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers.

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MA Plans’ Must-Fix: the Member Experience

John Gorman

Now more than ever, it’s clear to us health plans and their stakeholders will thrive or die based on the member experience they provide. The member experience, especially with drug benefits, now represents more than half of a health plan’s Star Rating in Medicare Advantage (MA), with millions in bonuses and bid rebates hanging in the balance.  It also drives member retention and thereby acquisition expense (now averaging $1,200 per/member, or more than an average month’s premium), so how members are treated now determines both health plan revenues and costs. Read more

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CMS’ Recent Enforcement Actions Show Agency Means Business in 2017

Olga Walther

As we predicted, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is off to an aggressive start on the compliance front in the last year of this administration and shows no signs of slowing down with $832,250 worth of fines levied in the month of February alone. The list of enforcement actions released comes with even graver announcements of two immediate suspensions of enrollment and marketing for the year. These fines augment two huge penalties with which CMS closed out last year − $3.1 million and $1.3 million.

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