Study: Medicare Advantage ratings don’t account for system inequities
Simulated star ratings for persons with lower socioeconomic status and Black and Hispanic enrollees were substantially lower than those with higher status.
By Alan Goforth|June 15, 2021 at 03:48 PM
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The rating system for Medicare Advantage plans fails to address racial and socioeconomic inequities, according to a study reported by the JAMA Network.
“It’s clear from this study that the way the current star ratings are constructed, they’re not capturing the full experience of all beneficiaries,” said David Meyers, lead study author and a Brown University assistant professor of health services, policy and practice. “The fact that Medicare Advantage plans can earn higher-star ratings overall even if they’re not adequately serving minority beneficiaries doesn’t provide much of an incentive to address health equity.”\
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