Medical Associates Health Plan Receives Highest Medicare Rating for Sixth Consecutive Year
October 25, 2016 -- Medical Associates Iowa/Illinois Medicare Plan once again earned a 5-star rating for 2017, the highest overall rating for quality and service, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This marks the sixth consecutive year Medical Associates has received a 5-star rating. Only 16 other medical plans in the nation received 5 stars.
CMS developed the Medicare Star Quality Ratings to help beneficiaries compare plans and identify those who consistently deliver high quality care and service. The overall star rating combines scores for the types of services each plan offers. For plans covering health services, the overall score for quality of those services covers many different topics that fall into 5 categories: staying healthy, managing chronic (long term) conditions, member experience with the health plan, member complaints and changes in the health plan’s performance, and health plan customer service. A 5-star Medicare plan is identified by CMS as providing high quality and value for Medicare beneficiaries.
The 5-star Medicare rating is a reflection of Medical Associates Health Plans’ long time commitment to its members and to the community. Members have convenient access to local customer service, quality improvement, disease management, claims processing, and a 24-hour nurse phone line.
“Earning a 5-star rating for the sixth year in a row is a tremendous achievement and demonstrates our success in keeping our senior members healthy and active,” stated Zach Keeling, Chief Operating Officer of Medical Associates Clinic & Health Plans. “We work diligently to provide high-quality, patient-centered care that is consistent with the highest nationally accepted standards. Our members can feel confident that Medical Associates is rated among the best Medicare plans in the entire nation.”
In addition to high-quality care and service, another benefit of a 5-star plan is that Medicare beneficiaries may change their health plan to Medical Associates through the 5-star special enrollment period from Dec. 8, 2016, to Nov. 30, 2017, without having to wait until the next annual open enrollment period.
To learn more about Medicare Star Quality Ratings, or to use the Medicare Plan Finder, visit www.medicare.gov. Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Star ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.
Established in 1982, Medical Associates enrolls over 14,000 Medicare members residing in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Is it our mission to provide superior healthcare and an excellent patient experience.