When it comes to selecting Medicare plans, star ratings have little impact on seniors' decisions. Instead, they tend to focus more on the brand's familiarity and track record, according to a recentsurveyfrom HealthPocket. HealthPocket looked at star ratings for Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) Medicare plans to determine whether their quality carried out across the Blues' brand, and how knowledge of the brand's reputation impacted consumers' choices Here's a rundown of what the survey found.
Overall performance for Medicare Advantage plans with prescription drug coverage (MA-PD) will increase from 3.86 in 2014 to 3.92 in 2015,based onthe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2015 Star Ratings.
Hospitals in Missouri were not as prepared for the overwhelming patient surge from the EF-5 tornado that wiped out Joplin in May, according to a Missouri Hospital Association report that offers hospital disaster planning tips.