New AIS Report Offers Practical Advice on Potential Changes for CMS’s Star Ratings
Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) - May 7, 2015 - Washington, DC

With very significant revenue and competitive positioning at stake, Medicare Advantage and Part D plans can’t afford to fall behind on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) star quality measures. To help plan sponsors adjust their stars strategies, Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is pleased to announce the publication of Improving Medicare Star Ratings: Practical Strategies for Health Plans and Providers, the latest report in its Management Insight Series. The report provides valuable intelligence on specific financial, regulatory and methodological changes CMS is considering for 2016 star ratings, and steps health plans and providers should take to respond.

The report addresses these and other issues:

  • Which new measures — and changes to existing measures — will pose the greatest difficulties for Medicare plans and the strategies that will help plans perform more effectively (and score higher) in these new areas.
  • Why Medicare plans frequently struggle with these measures and some of the steps they can take to overcome those challenges and boost their overall ratings.
  • How the potential changes in stars will affect organizations’ results and the steps insurers can take to lessen the impact.
  • How insurers can hold their PBM, local pharmacies and provider partners accountable for their stars performance.

Improving Medicare Star Ratings: Practical Strategies for Health Plans and Providers also includes a thorough review of one key aspect of star ratings, medication therapy management programs, offering best practices for improving comprehensive medication review participation rates.

For more information on Improving Medicare Star Ratings: Practical Strategies for Health Plans and Providers, including a full table of contents, visit

AIS’s Management Insight Series is designed to provide practical solutions to complex business challenges with the help of the industry’s most insightful advisors and managers. See a full list of titles in this series at

About AIS
Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is a publishing and information company that has been serving the health care industry for more than 25 years. It develops highly targeted news, data and strategic information for managers in hospitals, health plans, medical group practices, pharmaceutical companies and other health care organizations. AIS products include print and electronic newsletters, websites, looseleafs, books, strategic reports, databases, webinars and conferences. Learn more at

Jill Brown, Executive Editor
Atlantic Information Services, Inc.
202-775-9008 ext. 3058

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