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Medicare Advantage Demo to Use Financial Incentives to Boost Quality
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will update its five-star plan ratings in 2011, and use the new metric as the basis for quality bonus payments in a three-year demonstration project for Medicare Advantage health plans that starts in 2012.

The five-star rating system is used by CMS to ensure that health plans meet Medicare quality standards. The ratings allow beneficiaries to compare the quality of care and customer service that Medicare health and drug plans offer.