HCFA last week began Internet posting of quality performance ratings and consumer satisfaction reports for Medicare managed-care plans.
The health plan comparison database on HCFA's Medicare Web site-www.medicare.gov-rates how well each health plan performs on four measures judged under the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set, as well as on how many of a plan's doctors are board-certified and how satisfied enrollees are with their coverage.
The HEDIS measurements include mammography rates, the use of beta blockers after a heart attack, eye examinations for diabetics and the percentage of enrollees who have seen a provider in the past year.
The consumer satisfaction reports found that nearly half of Medicare managed-care enrollees rate their plan as a "10," the highest rating on the scale of 1 to 10.
To rate consumer satisfaction, the Web site uses the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans, developed by the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.