ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CDPHP Medicare Choices HMO and PPO* plans have once again received an Overall Star Rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The Star Rating System is an important feature of the Medicare Advantage program, as it encourages health insurers to strive for higher quality, which results in members receiving better care.
Each year, CMS rates Medicare plans on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars representing the highest quality. The overall scores are based on several key categories, including:
- Staying healthy: screenings, tests, and vaccines
- Managing chronic (long-term) conditions
- Member experience with the health plan
- Member complaints, problems getting services, and improvement in the health plan's performance
- Health plan customer service
"The annual Medicare Star Ratings are a reflection of CDPHP's dedication to ensuring our members receive the highest-quality care and the best customer service," said Dr. John Bennett, president and CEO, CDPHP. "We are pleased that CMS continually recognizes this commitment."
The open enrollment period for Medicare runs from October 15 to December 7, 2015.
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.
*As of Jan. 1, 2016, CDPHP will offer individual and group Medicare HMO plans and group Medicare PPO plans.
Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 24 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.
CONTACT: Deanna AmoreMies@cdphp.com
Source:Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc.