United Healthcare (UHC) will drop more than 2,200 Connecticut doctors from its Medicare Advantage plan in February. Some speculate that UHC made this change to benefit its rating from the federal Center for Medicare Services which could mean higher reimbursements. Quality-incentive payments to insurers under CMS’ five-star rating system will become stricter and any plans earning less than four stars will be excluded. UHC did not confirm these claims, although they did say that they would work with members to find new providers. Medicaid and Medicare supplement plans are not affected.
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