This AP story raises many important questions about the quality of information consumers receive (or not) about the quality of care. Excerpt:
“Millions of seniors signed up for popular Medicare Advantage insurance plans don’t get the best quality, an independent study found.
The analysis found that 47 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are in plans that rate three stars or two — medium to fair quality. Just 23 percent were signed up in plans that rate four or five stars — very good to excellent quality. Many of the rest were in plans not yet rated.”
Are consumers not aware of the ratings?
Not receiving them?
Not understanding them?
Not trusting them?
These are important questions for journalists to investigate.