CMS to add depression screenings to Medicare Advantage star ratings

CMS is adding two new measures to the 2026 Medicare Advantage Star ratings display page based on the 2024 measurement year.

As part of its 2025 MA rate announcement on April 1, the agency finalized the addition of depression screenings and follow-ups for adolescents and adults, along with adult immunization status, for future Star years.

CMS is also considering including an initiation and engagement of substance use disorder treatment measure in future Star Ratings, pending rulemaking.

The new measures are part of CMS aligning a subset of measures across all its programs, called the "Universal Foundation," which will promote consistency and reduce provider burden.

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