Medicare open enrollment starts on October 15, and a new survey finds that few beneficiaries have taken advantage of Web-based help in selecting a health plan.

A government Web site enabling beneficiaries to search for a Medicare health plan includes an annual "Medicare Star Quality Ratings" system that rates Medicare plans on more than 50 care quality measures.

A recent Harris Interactive survey, commissioned by Kaiser Permanente, found only 18 percent of Medicare-eligible respondents are familiar with the health plan rating system, and only 2 percent know how their current plans rate.

Consequently, Kaiser launched a new Web site with information about the Medicare Start Quality Ratings and frequently asked questions. The site is available at kp.org/medicarestars.

 

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All Health Data Management content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access