According to data recently released by CMS, 11 Medicare Advantage (MA) plans received top quality ratings for 2013, up from nine plans in 2012. The rankings are based on 48 quality measures, including preventive screenings, management of chronic conditions and patient experience. CMS gives bonuses to plans for higher-quality ratings, which helps restore some of the Medicare Advantage reimbursement cuts in the Affordable Care Act. The MA plans that received an "overall" score of five stars for "excellent performance," which includes both the plans' Part D drug rating and Part C health care rating, are:

  • Group Health Plan Inc., Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • Group Health Cooperative, Washington state
  • Gundersen Lutheran Health System Inc., Wisconsin
  • Humana Wisconsin Health
  • Baystate Health Inc.'s Health New England, Massachusetts
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plans available in California, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon/Washington, Ohio and the Mid-Atlantic region (counted as six individual plans).