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Top Rated Medicare Plans Inaccessible to Some Economically Disadvantaged Beneficiaries
Posted on Dec 22, 2016

Connie Hwang, vice president of quality for Evolent Health, provides insight into why lower-income patients are more likely to enroll in low-rated MA plans. With a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, MA plans find it harder to perform well on certain quality measures. To fix the problem, Medicare will implement a Risk Adjustment model to the star ratings in 2017 to account for socioeconomic status.