50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #47:
Enhance beneficiary education on quality and star ratings scores across all parts of Medicare

The star ratings programs are becoming an important tool to help Medicare beneficiaries identify high quality (and low quality) Medicare private health plans, nursing homes, hospitals, and more. Yet available evidence suggests that beneficiaries rarely reference these quality scores when making health care decisions. Congress should support a wide-reaching education campaign to help beneficiaries better understand what the star ratings scores mean and how to use them.