gold star on a sea of metallic gray stars Medicare’s star ratings, which are designed to reflect overall performance in a plan, are only modestly associated with quality for racial and ethnic minorities and people of lower socioeconomic status.(Photo: Shutterstock)

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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