Give Your Medicare Advantage Plan Website a Thorough Independent Annual Review

March Madness is here which means an invitation to join Alan Mittermaier for a one-hour consultation webinar highlighting the 2015 MedicareWebWatch website findings along with MedicareWebWatch certification details for your organization. Included are actionable build-out insights for how your organization’s Medicare Advantage website can become more relevant and ready to meet the growing expectations of plan members, age-ins and caregivers. The webinar also covers best practices from industry-leading websites recognized for “Excellence in Website Content, Connectivity, Design and Transparency”.

HealthMetrix Research President Alan Mittermaier has an extensive background from advising over 60 Medicare Advantage sponsors and research organizations including Mathematica Policy Research, National Council on Aging (NCOA) and Research Triangle International. Mr. Mittermaier also offers his unique perspective as a recent Medicare Advantage plan enrollee.

Each webinar will accommodate up to 20 attendees and will be recorded for your organization’s internal use. Note: The registration fee ($500) can be credited towards the 2015 MedicareWebWatch certification licensing fee.  Click here to register today!

Medicare Advantage Plan Websites Need User-Friendly Upgrades


HealthMetrix Research’s MedicareWebWatch initiative annually benchmarks Medicare Advantage plan websites for content, member connectivity, accessibility/design and privacy assurance.  The 2014 MedicareWebWatch survey findings from 142 websites confirmed many Medicare plan websites fail to maximize the relevance and readiness of their websites for their target audiences — plan members, caregivers, new member prospects.  There is considerable room for improvement especially since over 10,000 “boomers” become Medicare-eligible daily and at least 60% of all seniors are internet users (Pew Internet Project-2013).  Below are 10 recommended upgrades showing the % of Medicare plan websites where currently available.

Recommended User-friendly Upgrades

1. STAR ratings transparency  (2%)   — In addition to the CMS-required overall STAR rating, post rating summaries for all five rating categories — 1) Staying healthy, 2) Managing chronic conditions, 3) Member experience, 4) Member complaints, 5) Customer service satisfaction.

2. Website accessibility for disabled users  (4% fully accessible)  Fix website pages, links, PDF documents according to Section 508 accessibility standards that otherwise cannot be read or accessed by disabled visitors using screen readers or other assistive devices.

3. Member health/wellness records  (46%)  Include access to personal health/wellness records via secured member portal.

4. Member account support  (66%)  Include access to member account information for customer service requests, verification of claims, editing contact information via secured member portal.

5. External content links  (75%)  Post links for external content websites that offer health alerts, personal improvement guidance, personal finance, senior benefits eligibility information.

6. Providers accepting or not accepting new patients  (76%)  Include current status in provider directory listings for primary care physicians.

7. Adjustable text-sizing  (80%)  Add this feature for vision-impaired users to easily adjust screen appearance.

8. Website privacy assurance  (80%)  Add website privacy assurance policy that addresses website security, use of cookies or tracking analytics, email confidentiality.

9. Document/topic search  (82%)  Add this feature as a navigation option in addition to the site map.

10. Reporting Medicare fraud/abuse  (84%)  Add local plan contact information or the federal Medicare fraud/abuse website — StopMedicareFraud — and toll-free phone — 800-447-8477  or TTY: 800-377-4950.


2012 MedicareWebWatch webinars

HealthMetrix Research is hosting the 2012 MedicareWebWatch certification webinars during April.  The 45-minute MedicareWebWatch webinar is open to anyone in your organization – especially those responsible for Medicare Advantage website communications, content, design and compliance.

Free registration is at —

Welcome to MedicareWebWatch blog

We invite sharing general interest, expertise, questions and answers pertaining to Medicare Advantage websites. Learning about new advances and what does or does not work can rapidly expand the working knowledge, functionality, relevance and readiness for all Medicare plan websites.  Looking forward to posting feedback, comments and suggestions from MedicareWebWatch bloggers.