Fallon Community Health Plan has established itself at the top of the charts for the past three years on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Medicare Advantage Star Ratings. This year, the plan once again received 4.5 stars, an indicator of its commitment to – and success at – providing high quality health care to its members.
We spoke with Beth Foley, senior director of Quality Services at Fallon, about the health plan’s performance, including its strengths, areas of improvement and measures on which it is focusing.
Because of the plan’s history as an integrated staff model, in which preventive medicine is integral to patient care, Fallon has traditionally done very well on preventive and screening measures. A substantial portion of the health plan’s Medicare membership is seen by a provider network with which Fallon has a close working relationship.
It is due in part to this connection, along with a robust electronic medical record, that screening and preventive measures have remained a particular strength of Fallon’s. As Foley says, it is second nature to make sure members are getting their screenings. “That’s what we’re all about.”
Fallon also performed highly on the Care for Older Adults measure of the Star Ratings, pertaining to Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan (SNP) enrollees (vulnerable populations who include dual-eligibles and those with chronic conditions).