Madison-based Dean Health Plan is one of only 11 plans nationwide to receive the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) five-star rating—the highest possible quality ranking—for private Medicare insurance plans and Medicare Advantage plans.
The star ratings are the result of CMS efforts to raise the quality of care provided by private Medicare plans. Specifically, the CMS ranking system gives an objective assessment of a health plan’s quality and service and helps cut through the clutter when choosing Medicare coverage. Medicare ranks how well health plans perform on more than 50 measures, which are grouped into different categories:
1. Staying Healthy: Screenings, Tests and Vaccines
2. Managing Chronic (Long-Term) Conditions
3. Plan Responsiveness and Care
4. Member Complaints, Problems Getting Services and Choosing to Leave the Plan
5. Health Plan Customer Service
“We are happy that CMS provides these ratings as a tool for seniors looking for the best health care for their money,” says Lon Sprecher, President and CEO of Dean Health Plan. “Dean Health Plan is humbled to have once again received the 5-star rating and hope it helps our members feel they have made the right decision by choosing Dean.”
This year’s Medicare enrollment season runs from October 15 to December 7. You can view plan and rating information on the Medicare Web site at medicare.gov, or go to deancare.com/medicare. DeanCare Gold is a Medicare-approved Cost plan available to Medicare-eligible residents in Dane Columbia, Dodge, Grant, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock and Sauk County.
Established in 1983, Dean Health Plan is the insurance services subsidiary of SSM Health Care. It maintains a position of leadership in insurance services through a physician-led integrated health system that improves the health status of its members and delivers a superior level of service and care.