Buffalo, NY

Univera Healthcare has again been awarded among the highest ratings from Medicare in Western New York

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its 2023 quality ratings. Univera Healthcare has again been awarded some of the highest ratings in Western New York and the nation for quality performance in clinical care and outstanding service to its Medicare members.

CMS awarded Univera Healthcare’s Medicare Advantage HMO plan a 5 out of 5-star rating. The Medicare HMO plan has received an excellent rating for two years in a row.

For the seventh consecutive year its Medicare Part D prescription drug plan received a 5-star rating

Additionally, the health plan’s Medicare Advantage PPO plan earned 4 stars.

For more than ten years Univera Healthcare Medicare plans have consistently received above average quality ratings (4 stars or higher). 

“Our ratings are a testament to our health plan’s commitment to the health and experience of our Medicare members,” said Univera Healthcare President Art Wingerter.

The star ratings measure a variety of health benchmarks, including how a Medicare member’s chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are being managed; whether Medicare members are receiving their preventive screenings and vaccines; and whether the plan is teaching members about correctly taking their medications as prescribed. Member satisfaction and experience with the health plan and its providers are also important measures in the overall quality ratings.

“No health plan can reach this level of quality care without a real commitment to partnering with local health care providers,” said Stephen Cohen, MD, senior vice president and corporate medical director for Univera Healthcare. “Working together, especially through the ongoing challenges brought on by the pandemic, our providers delivered quality care to our Medicare members. These ratings reflect our passion and commitment to help people in our communities live healthier and more secure lives through access to high-quality, affordable health care.”

Health plan employees continually work to assure Medicare members’ needs are met by delivering quality programs and service. One example: Our clinical pharmacists reach out to members to perform a comprehensive review of their prescriptions to assure they are taking the right medications, at the right time, and in the right way. They will also help identify opportunities to help reduce prescription drug costs and out-of-pocket expenses. The ability of the pharmacy team to work directly with members and develop personalized options helps improve quality of care.

“We look forward to driving continued excellence in health care quality and experience for our Medicare members in 2023 and beyond,” said Wingerter.

To learn more about Medicare Star Ratings and Univera Healthcare Medicare plans visit: www.UniveraforMedicare.com.


Peter Kates, (716) 983-8765

Univera Healthcare is a nonprofit health plan that serves members across the eight counties of Western New York. With more than 500 Buffalo-based employees and a local leadership team, the company is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce to foster innovation and better serve its members. It also encourages employees to engage in their communities by providing paid volunteer time off as one of many benefits. Univera is part of a Rochester-based health insurer that serves more than 1.5 million members across upstate New York. Its mission is to help people live healthier and more secure lives through access to high-quality, affordable health care, and its products and services include cost-saving prescription drug discounts, wellness tracking tools and access to telemedicine. To learn more, visit UniveraHealthcare.com.


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