Medicare Advantage appears to be performing better than in the past. All types of health care entities, including providers, have been trying to get a piece of the increasingly profitable insurance market that the rapidly-expanding program offers.  

The case for optimism is based on a Thursday report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which included its annual ratings of individual health plans that have contracts with the federal program.  

The ratings, which have been released annually for the past ten years, grade insurers based on outcomes, patient experience and the access to care they provide. Insurers that receive at least a four out of five star rating are awarded with a 5 percent increase in the monthly money they receive per enrollee from the feds. 

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