This week, our In Focus section highlights a white paper that Wakely, a Health Management Associates company, released in October 2023, “Cut to the Point: A Summary of 2024 Star Rating Cut Point Changes”. The paper reviews 2024 Medicare Star Rating data, including the Star Rating Technical Notes, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released October 13, 2023.
The data summarizes how Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) performed on various quality measures during the 2022 measurement year and serves as an indication of changing Medicare Advantage spending in 2025 as a result of changes in Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) Overall Star Ratings. The publication of the 2024 Star Rating Technical Notes provided an opportunity for Wakely to analyze measure-level cut point changes. This paper looks at the latest cut point changes to determine how the Tukey Outlier Deletion methodology and changes in the overall quality performance have affected Star Rating cut points.
Wakely will also host a webinar, Stars and Strikes: 2024 Star Ratings and the Impact of Tukey, at 2:30 pm ET on November 14, 2023. The webinar will cover the recently released 2024 Star Ratings, including an analysis of the expected impact on 2025 Medicare payments. Attendees should expect to hear discussions about the latest program changes and resulting impact on the contract-level star ratings, including implementation of the Tukey outlier deletion methodology. In addition, Wakely colleagues will cover the upcoming changes to the Star Rating program and discuss their potential impact on Medicare Advantage Organizations. Please register here.