SOURCE: Tufts Health Plan

Tufts Health Plan

October 09, 2013 10:05 ET

Tufts Health Plan's Medicare Preferred Plan Earns 4.5 Stars From Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

WATERTOWN, MA--(Marketwired - Oct 9, 2013) - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded Tufts Health Plan a rating of 4.5 stars out of a possible five its Medicare Preferred HMO plan. This rating places Tufts Health Plan's Medicare Preferred HMO among the top 5% of more than 500 Medicare Advantage plans in the country.

"We are so proud to have achieved this high ranking from CMS," said Patty Blake, Tufts Health Plan SVP of senior products. "Especially exciting is the fact that we received the full five stars in more than half of the categories being measured, including preventive health measures and customer relations. The fact that we've received this extremely high ranking for five consecutive years truly reflects our team's commitment and diligent efforts to provide the best possible care and service to our members."

The CMS star rating system is an annual comprehensive measure of health plan quality across the nation, with the goal of increasing the level of care provided by private plans that contract with Medicare. Ratings are based on 45 unique quality measures including preventive screenings, managing chronic conditions, pharmacy programs, customer service, member experience, and health outcomes. Based on members' opinions and clinical or operational data, each measure gets its own star rating and a weighted average is used to calculate the overall score.

About Tufts Health Plan

Tufts Health Plan is a nonprofit organization nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. The plan offers members and employers an array of health management programs, which support evidence-based approaches to health and wellness.

Tufts Health Plan is one of the few health insurers in Massachusetts to participate in the commercial, Medicare and Medicaid/subsidized markets, offering coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance. Its HMO and PPO plans are continually ranked in the top 10 of insurance plans across the country by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)*. Its Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO earned a 4.5 star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for 2014.

Network Health, a subsidiary of Tufts Health Plan, is ranked third in the country for Medicaid plans**.

Tufts Health Plan recently became the first health plan in the Northeast, and one of only 20 health care organizations in the United States, to receive the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Wellness & Health Promotion (WHP) Accreditation.

Headquartered in Massachusetts, Tufts Health Plan also serves members in Rhode Island. Visit us at www.tuftshealthplan.com.

* NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-13 - Private
**NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013 - Medicaid

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