NEW YORK, NY, November 1, 2016 For the third year in a row, Healthfirst has received a 4-Star quality rating (out of five) for its Medicare Advantage plan from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), distinguishing it as one of the highest rated Medicare Advantage HMO plans in New York State. This rating is for the 2017 plan year that runs from January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017.
“Healthfirst is committed to providing members with access to high-quality healthcare, and this recognition is evidence that we are delivering on that promise,” said Pat Wang, Chief Executive Officer. “Members in our Medicare Advantage Plans are among the region’s most vulnerable and underserved populations. Receiving 4 Stars for the third consecutive year is a symbol of our unwavering focus on ensuring that these members have access to the highest quality healthcare when and where they need it.”
CMS evaluates Medicare Advantage plans nationally based on a 5-Star rating system, with 5 Stars reflecting the highest quality. Calculated each year, Star ratings may change from one year to the next. The Star ratings assess quality and member satisfaction through more than 40 measures in categories that include staying healthy, managing chronic (long-term) conditions, member experience with the health plan, number of member complaints, overall customer service, and quality of pharmacy benefits.
Healthfirst is a not-for-profit health insurance company sponsored by some of the most prestigious hospitals and healthcare systems in New York. It serves almost 1.2 million members in New York City and in Long Island through government-sponsored programs including Child Health Plus, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, and Managed Long Term Care (Senior Health Partners), as well as through private health plans including Healthfirst Leaf and Qualified Health Plans, offered on NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace. It now offers The Essential Plan, lower-cost health plan options for qualifying individuals. For the second year in a row, Healthfirst is a 4-Star Medicare Advantage plan and has 5 Stars for quality on the NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace.
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