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Controversial bonus program seen boosting Advantage plans
Modern Healthcare

A much-maligned CMS bonus program for Medicare Advantage plans may have helped improve the quality of such plans and averted deep drops in their enrollments, according to preliminary government data.

The share of Medicare Advantage plans with higher quality ratings, based on Medicare’s star-rating system, has increased, according to an analysis of 2012 Medicare Advantage plan data by Medicare Payment Advisory Commission staff. That improvement was at least partially attributed to a massive CMS demonstration program.