Number of Highly Rated PDP Contracts Shrinks in 2023

  • Oct 13, 2022

    Only 9% of Medicare beneficiaries who sign up for a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) in 2023 will be in contracts rated 4 stars or higher, compared to 42% in the 2022 plan year, CMS recently estimated based on current enrollment figures. The average star rating for stand-alone PDP plans declined to 3.25 in 2023 from 3.70 in 2022, with only two PDP contracts receiving a 5-star rating. The change in distribution is largely due to adjustments in measure scores, and “the unusual circumstance of nearly all contracts qualifying for the regulatory adjustment for extreme and uncontrollable circumstances” driven by the pandemic, which led to higher than normal 2022 Star Ratings distributions, CMS explained in a fact sheet accompanying the release of the 2023 Star Ratings. Read more
  • Jinghong Chen

    Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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