The CMS is creating a separate starrating system for health plans participating in an Obama administration experiment that is intended to better manage benefits and care for lowincome and disabled Americans.
In a notice sent to those plans, the agency outlines the structure and quality measures of the new star system. However, the ratings would only be created if the CMS decides to expand the initiative, and that will only happen if the demonstrations actually cut costs and improve quality of care for beneficiaries. But it will be years before the agency has collected enough data to determine whether the results warrant expanding the program. Until then, the CMS plans to post quality performance data, including how dual-eligible plans compare with one another, starting next year on the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office website.