September 10, 2008
Per the Health Plan Management System (HPMS) memo from Cynthia G. Tudor, Ph.D., Director, Medicare Drug Benefit and C & D Data Group, dated August 21, 2008, the first plan preview of Part D performance ratings was made available in HPMS on September 3, 2008. The first plan preview of Part D Plan Ratings can be accessed via the following path from within HPMS: Quality and Performance > Part D Performance Metrics and Reports > Part D Report Card Master Table
On November 13, 2008, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will release improved Part C and Part D ratings in its web-based information tools for Medicare beneficiaries. In addition to showing more differentiation between plans, CMS's improved ratings will allow comparisons of plans' costs as well as quality, performance, and drug safety. Please access the first plan preview of Part D ratings and provide any questions or comments to CMS by September 15, 2008. Comments or questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.