Jack Ebeler, president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), issued the following statement today in reaction to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rulemaking on the Medicare Advantage program under the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA):
WASHINGTON, D.C. — “We commend CMS staff for its herculean effort in issuing proposed rules for implementing the Medicare Modernization Act.
“The proposed rules require all Medicare Advantage plans – including the new regional PPOs – to measure and report data on quality indicators. We believe that the rules can create an environment of transparency to help seniors make informed health care decisions and health plans improve care.
“We look forward to working with CMS to implement this and other provisions in a manner that provides beneficiaries with comprehensive and comparable data to make informed choices among the options available to them.”
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The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) brings together a select group of innovative, not-for-profit or provider-sponsored health plans and provider organizations focused on improving health care quality in the United States. ACHP offers member plans a forum for learning, innovation and advocacy that allows them to promote the highest standards of health care quality and health improvement in their communities and nationally. ACHP member plans serve more than 12 million people across the United States. Additional information about ACHP is available at www.achp.org.
Capital Health Plan (Tallahassee, Florida); Fallon Community Health Plan (Worcester, Massachusetts); Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin); Group Health Cooperative (Seattle, Washington); Health Alliance Plan (Detroit, Michigan); HIP Health Plan of New York (New York, New York); HealthPartners (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and The Permanente Federation (Oakland, California and multi-state); M·Plan (Indianapolis, Indiana); UCare Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Excellus-Univera Healthcare (Buffalo, New York); UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)