WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Universal American (NYSE:UAM) announced today that it once again achieved strong Medicare Star Quality Ratings for its Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Nearly 85% of the membership in plans that Universal American will continue in 2015 have the benefit of a 4-star rating1. The company earned 4-star ratings for its flagship TexanPlus® HMO/ HMO-POS plan in Houston-Beaumont (H4506) as well as its largest plan in New York and Maine, Today’s Options® Network PFFS plan (H2816). Star ratings are posted at the Federal government’s website -- www.medicare.gov.
“We have built our business model around the concept that primary care physicians are in the best position to drive significant improvements in the quality and cost of healthcare for the benefit of our members,” said Richard A. Barasch, CEO of Universal American. “Extensive collaboration with these doctors and personalized outreach to members are hallmarks of our MA plans quality care models and are the true drivers of our 2015 Star Quality Ratings.”
The company’s TexanPlus and Today’s Options brands offer comprehensive and affordable healthcare coverage including preventive check-ups, doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription drug coverage and other benefits varying by plan. All plans also include signature Live Healthy services such as annual house calls, prescription check-ups by phone, health coaching to help manage chronic illness and reminder calls to schedule appointments at no additional cost to members.
Enrollment is these plans is available during Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP), which begins on October 15, 2014 and runs through December 7, 2014, and year-round for those beneficiaries eligible for enrollment during Medicare’s Special Election Periods (SEP). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) evaluates Medicare Advantage plans based on a 5-star rating system in several categories, including quality of care and customer service. The overall rating provides a way for Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to compare performance among several plans.
Area-specific Medicare Advantage plan details and education materials for Universal American’s TexanPlus HMO, TexanPlus HMO-POS, Today’s Options PFFS and Today’s Options PPO plans are available at www.Universal-American-Medicare.com.
1 Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.
About Universal American Corp.
Universal American (NYSE: UAM), through our family of healthcare companies, provides health benefits to people covered by Medicare and/or Medicaid. We are dedicated to working collaboratively with healthcare professionals, especially primary care physicians, in order to improve the health and well-being of those we serve and to reduce healthcare costs. For more information on Universal American, please visit our website at www.UniversalAmerican.com.