Technical Assistance Tool

How States Can Better Understand their Dually Eligible Beneficiaries: A Guide to Using CMS Data Resources

This technical assistance tool shows states how to use data on Medicare-Medicaid dually eligible beneficiary demographics, service utilization, spending, and other characteristics to create tables, graphs, and figures and interpret their meaning for a wider audience of stakeholders. 

How States Can Use Medicare Advantage Star Ratings to Assess D-SNP Quality and Performance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses a five-star quality rating system to evaluate the performance of Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans. This Star Rating system enables beneficiaries, payers, and others to compare plans across multiple dimensions. CMS publishes the Star Ratings each year – usually in October -- to help beneficiaries find the best plan for them and to determine MA quality bonus payments to plans. The lowest-ranking plans receive one star, and the highest ranking plans receive five stars. The 2019 Star Ratings are now available on CMS’ website. 

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