Tufts Health Plan Medicare Plans Earn 5 Stars – the Highest Rating

WATERTOWN, Mass., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — For an unprecedented sixth year in a row, Tufts Health Plan ’s Medicare Plans have once again been rated among the top health plans in the country.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rated Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options 5 out of 5 Stars in its annual Star Quality Ratings for 2021. With 400 plans rated nationally, this puts Tufts Health Plan’s Medicare plans in the top five percent nationally. Tufts Health Plan is one of only two plans in the country to receive this rating for six years in a row.

Tufts Health Plan’s Part D Prescription Drug Plan also received 5 Stars, the only plan to receive this rating in Massachusetts.

Tufts Health Plan has 105,000 members in its HMO and Senior Care Options plans, making it a market leader for both segments. In Massachusetts, it

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US sees highest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day since August

The recent uptick in coronavirus cases across the United States has emergency physicians fearing it could represent the start of a “dreaded second wave.”



a man sitting in a car: Members of the Wisconsin National Guard test residents for Covid-19 at a temporary test facility in Milwaukee.


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Members of the Wisconsin National Guard test residents for Covid-19 at a temporary test facility in Milwaukee.

“We are all seeing increasing numbers of Covid-19 patients who are coming into our ERs, who are getting really sick, requiring hospitalization and even intensive care,” Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency room physician and Brown University associate professor, told CNN’s Erica Hill.

“We are all deeply afraid that this is the beginning of that dreaded second wave,” she said.

The physician’s grim warning comes a day after health officials reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases in a day in almost two months.

A total of 57,420 new US cases were reported on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That is

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U.S. Reports Highest Number of New Daily Coronavirus Infections Since August

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As coronavirus infections continue to trend upwards, the U.S. is now reporting its highest amount of new daily cases in almost two months.

On Friday, at least 58,539 new cases were reported, marking the fourth consecutive day new cases in the country have topped 50,000, according to The New York Times’ database. Over the past week, there has been a nationwide average of 47,782 cases per day, a 12 percent increase from two weeks earlier.

The record for most reported cases in a single day was set on Aug. 14, when there were 64,601 new cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Only two states —Maine and Nebraska — are reporting a decline in cases, CNN reported.

RELATED: 9 U.S. States Reported Record-High Increase in Coronavirus Cases Last Week

Wisconsin is one of several states that has continued to experience record-breaking increases.

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PA Reports Highest Number Of New COVID-19 Cases In 6 Months

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania reported 1,742 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday — the highest single-day total in nearly six months.

The state has now had a total of 171,050 cases, with 81 percent of patients recovered. Also Saturday, 36 new deaths were reported. There are now 8,344 total deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

In Philadelphia, 151 new cases were reported Saturday. The city has seen more than 34,000 cases since the start of the pandemic. Significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds, are ongoing, health officials said. In total, people ages 19 to 49 make up 50 percent of the state’s total cases.

Cases in Pennsylvania have trended upward in recent days. On Friday, 1,380 cases of COVID-19 were reported —the highest single-day total since April 29. The last time there were more than 1,700 cases in Pennsylvania was April

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U.S. sees highest number of new coronavirus cases in nearly two months

People wait in line to have swab samples taken for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a testing center in the Far Rockaway section of Queens, New York, October 6, 2020.

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The United States reported 57,420 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, the highest daily totals since mid-August, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

New cases are rising in 33 states across the South, East and Midwest. Cases continue to surge in the nation’s Great Plains region, with Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming reaching record highs for average new cases, among other states.

Coronavirus outbreaks have been on the rise in the nation’s Great Plains after they were largely concentrated first on the East Coast and then in America’s Sun Belt states. Earlier this week, North Dakota and South Dakota reported more new Covid-19 cases per capita than any other state across

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Daily U.S. Coronavirus Cases Hit Highest Level Since Mid-August

New coronavirus cases in the U.S. continued to climb, driven by renewed outbreaks in several states, as the nation’s total number of cases topped 7.6 million.

The U.S. reported more than 56,000 new cases for Thursday, the highest daily total since mid-August, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The country’s death toll neared 213,000.

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  • The U.S. added more than 56,000 coronavirus cases.
  • Total cases in the U.S. climbed past 7.6 million.
  • Wisconsin cases hit single-day record.

Wisconsin reported another record on Thursday, with more than 3,000 new cases confirmed. The state’s seven-day average stood at 2,381, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Noting the single-day surge, Gov. Tony Evers urged people to get back to the basics of fighting the virus. “Please stay home, limit gatherings and travel, and wear a mask whenever you go out so we can flatten the curve and get

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Leon Medical Centers Health Plans Awarded Medicare’s Highest Star Rating for Fourth Time | News

MIAMI, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Leon Medical Centers Health Plans, a Cigna company, announced it has achieved Five out of Five Stars for quality and performance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2021. This is the fourth time the plan has been awarded this top status.

“We’re incredibly proud to receive Medicare’s highest Star rating again,” said Ryan Berger, president of Leon Medical Centers Health Plans. “The rating reflects a tremendous commitment from our employees, doctors, and health care partners to improving the health, well-being and peace of mind of our members.”

CMS measures a Medicare Advantage plan’s quality of health care services and experience received by its members. The annual ratings are based on a scale of One to Five Stars with Five Stars being the highest. These ratings help Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers compare Medicare plans. The Star ratings

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US Has Highest Insulin Costs of Any Developed Nation

Insulin prices in the United States are at least four times higher, and in some cases up to 30 times higher, than in 32 other nations with similar high-income economies, according to a new study conducted for the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

US analogue insulin and human insulin prices were higher than those of the other nations. Prices were even higher when the study authors used active ingredient–level data rather than presentation-level data, suggesting that America offers a more expensive mix of insulins.

“This analysis provides the best available evidence about how much more expensive insulin is in the United States than in other nations around the world,” said Andrew Mulcahy, PhD, MPP, lead author and a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corp, a nonprofit research organization, which conducted the study for the government.

“Prices in

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HAP Earns Highest Medicare Advantage Star Rating Among All Michigan-based Health Insurers

HAP Earns Highest Medicare Advantage Star Rating Among All Michigan-based Health Insurers

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HAP’s 4.5 Stars stand alone among Michigan-based insurers – Top 10% nationally

DETROIT, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Health Alliance Plan (HAP), a Michigan-based, nonprofit health plan, is celebrating the only 4.5 Star rating awarded to a Michigan-based insurer. HAP’s Medicare Advantage (MA) HMO earned 4.5 Stars (out of 5) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), ranking HAP’s plan first among Michigan-based insurers and in the top 10% nationally. CMS uses Star Ratings to help consumers make informed decisions about Medicare supplement options, measuring more than 40 performance metrics in five categories. HAP’s Medicare Advantage PPO earned a strong 4.0 rating.

“We have been laser focused on providing competitively priced, high-quality health insurance with an emphasis on customer service,” said Michael Genord, M.D.

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Leon Medical Centers Health Plans Awarded Medicare’s Highest Star Rating for Fourth Time

MIAMI, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Leon Medical Centers Health Plans, a Cigna company, announced it has achieved Five out of Five Stars for quality and performance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2021. This is the fourth time the plan has been awarded this top status.

“We’re incredibly proud to receive Medicare’s highest Star rating again,” said Ryan Berger, president of Leon Medical Centers Health Plans. “The rating reflects a tremendous commitment from our employees, doctors, and health care partners to improving the health, well-being and peace of mind of our members.”

CMS measures a Medicare Advantage plan’s quality of health care services and experience received by its members. The annual ratings are based on a scale of One to Five Stars with Five Stars being the highest. These ratings help Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers compare Medicare plans. The Star ratings

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