Though nearly one-quarter of Medicare Advantage enrollees are in health plans with four or more stars, beneficiaries in many states don't have that luxury.
Kaiser Family Foundation reported Monday that less than 2% of beneficiaries in 25 states are in highly-rated plans, while more than half of Medicare Advantage enrollees in other states—Massachusetts, Oregon, and Hawaii—are in highly rated plans.
The researchers found that the average Medicare Advantage plan receives 3.27 stars on the CMS quality scale and quality ratings vary by plan types:
The researchers wrote that the findings show that quality ratings are closely tied to plan type, plan experience, and whether they are nonprofit.
"If the star ratings are used in payment policy for Medicare Advantage plans, nonprofit plans and more experienced plans would be more likely to be rewarded," wrote Gretchen Jacobson, Anthony Damico, Tricia Neuman, and Jennifer Huang of the Kaiser Family Foundation.