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Published on October 12, 2012

DeanCare Gold Rated as 5-Star Medicare Plan by CMS

MADISON Wis. (October 12, 2012) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Dean Health Plan received CMS’s five-star rating in 2013—the highest possible quality ranking for private Medicare insurance plans and Medicare Advantage plans. 

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

Medicare-eligible residents can use the rating as a deciding factor as they choose their plan options during this year annual enrollment period which runs from October 15 to December 7. In addition to making it easier to compare plans, the Star system also allows members to switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan to any plan with a CMS five-star rating once during a calendar year if they choose.

For more information about Dean Health Plan’s five-star rating from Medicare, go to deancare.com or medicare.gov.

Established in 1983, Dean Health Plan is the insurance services subsidiary of Dean Clinic and 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. Dean Health Plan’s DeanCare Gold is a Medicare-approved Cost plan available to Medicare-eligible residents in Dane Columbia Dodge, Grant, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock and Sauk County.

For More Information

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Mary Carr Lee with Dean Health Plan at mary.carrlee@deancare.com or (608) 824-6953.

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