AIS Virtual Conference on Star Ratings to Feature Top Experts Discussing Changes Coming to CMS Program

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Atlantic Information Services’ upcoming Feb. 4 virtual conference, “Medicare Star Ratings: New Strategies to Match CMS’s New Goals”, will provide strategies health plans can employ to improve stars performance despite change and uncertainty coming to the program.

Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is pleased to announce the agenda and speaker line-up for “Medicare Star Ratings: New Strategies to Match CMS’s New Goals”, an upcoming Feb. 4 virtual conference. In an information-packed afternoon, top star-ratings consultants, executives of plans that are top stars achievers, and experts on improving performance on the toughest Medicare Advantage and Part D stars measures will offer strategies health plans can employ to improve stars performance despite change and uncertainty coming to the program.

The sessions are:

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30p.m.: “What’s New for the Stars Program? How Should Your Organization Respond to the Major Changes Ahead?” — In this leadoff session, two veteran stars-ratings experts — Mike Burgin of Inovalon, Inc. and Jane Scott of Health Integrated — will team up with Jonathan Harding, M.D., the Chief Medical Officer for Senior Products at Tufts Health Plan, for a fast-paced analysis of what CMS's planned star-rating enhancements are likely to mean to health plans.
  • 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: “Essence Healthcare Case Study: A Blueprint for Achieving a Five-Star Rating” — Participants will hear how Essence Healthcare aligns incentives, fully engages physicians, and embraces population management and value-based care to achieve top ratings — directly from its Chief Medical Officer Deborah Zimmerman, M.D.
  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: “The Challenges of Drug Star Ratings: Solutions for Part D Plan Sponsors and Their Partners” — Robert Brett of CareSource, Hae Mi Choe, Pharm.D., of University of Michigan Health System and Kristin Wanek, Pharm.D., of CVS Health will explain how plan sponsors, PBMs and pharmacies can work together successfully to improve star ratings.
  • 3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.: “A Coordinated PBM-Health Plan Approach to Improving Part D Star Ratings” — Participants will learn what steps Cambia Health Solutions took to achieve high ratings on cholesterol and hypertension adherence, and other Part D measures, on its Regence plans — from Kristine Walhof of Cambia and Vivien Chan, Pharm.D., of its PBM subsidiary, OmedaRx.

AIS’s virtual conference allows participants to attend a live conference without having to travel to a meeting site. Plus, the registration fee includes a free On-Demand recording of each session, so any agenda items can be reviewed at a later time.

For more information, including a full agenda, speaker biographies and how to register, visit

About AIS
Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is a publishing and information company that has been serving the health care industry for nearly 30 years. It develops highly targeted news, data and strategic information for managers in hospitals and health systems, health insurance companies, medical group practices, purchasers of health insurance, pharmaceutical companies and other health care organizations. AIS products include print and electronic newsletters, databases, Websites, looseleafs, strategic reports, directories, webinars and virtual conferences. Learn more at

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