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.

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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.

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