The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Access PPO Medicare Advantage plan a 4-star rating and assigned the company’s Core HMO Medicare Advantage plan a 4.5-star rating for 2022. Medicare Star Ratings are issued by CMS annually and rate health plans on a scale of one to five stars, with five being the highest. Star Ratings measure the experiences Medicare members have with their health plan and health care system and are based on more than 40 quality measures. These measures rank the quality of:

  • Maintenance of health: preventative health, routine screenings and vaccines
  • Management of chronic medical conditions
  • Member satisfaction with their providers and access to care
  • Member complaints and appeals
  • Customer service

The annual Medicare Star Ratings are posted online at

“The CMS Star Ratings provide Medicare consumers with important information about the quality of care and services offered by Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug plans,” said Dr. Debra Esser chief medical officer at BCBSNE. “Along with benefits and costs, this quality information helps consumers compare health plan options and make informed decisions. We are very proud of the Star ratings CMS has awarded these Medicare Advantage plans. It demonstrates our commitment to helping our members access high quality care.”

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska is an HMO and PPO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Medicare Advantage depends on contract renewal.