Honors and awards

Thanks to you, Sharp Health Plan is recognized among the nation’s best.

The Sharp Direct Advantage network takes an overall comprehensive approach to health care by providing care in a compassionate manner — taking into consideration the needs of the member, medical need as supported by the physician and other providers, as well as the Sharp Direct Advantage Customer Care team. Let us tell you more about what Sharp Direct Advantage is doing to ensure our members have quality health care available to them.

San Diego's Best: Union-Tribune Readers Poll 2021

San Diego’s Best Insurance Provider

The 2021 Union-Tribune Readers Poll named Sharp Health Plan the Best Insurance Provider.1

Best Insurance Company - Medicare Advantage - California (US News & World Report)

One of the Best Insurance Companies for Medicare Advantage in California

We were named in the 2021 U.S. News and World Report list of Best Insurance Companies for Medicare Advantage in California.2

Highest member-rated health plan - Medicare

Highest rated Medicare Advantage plan in San Diego

Sharp Direct Advantage members gave us the highest ratings for a Medicare Advantage plan in San Diego.3

Rated 4.5 stars by Medicare

4.5 out of 5 stars by Medicare

Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Sharp Health Plan earned an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from Medicare for 2020 and 2021.


Quality health care

The Sharp Direct Advantage network and its providers participate in a variety of national quality measurement programs to determine plan performance and measure the health improvement of our members. These programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS)
  • Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS)
  • Health Outcomes Survey (HOS)
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Accreditation
  • Medicare Star Ratings

Medicare star ratings explained

Medicare uses information from member satisfaction surveys and health care providers to give overall performance star ratings to plans. A plan can get a rating between 1 and 5 stars. A 5-star rating is considered excellent. These ratings can help you compare plans based on quality and performance.


1 Voted Best Insurance Provider in the 2021 San Diego Union Tribune SD Best Readers Poll.

2 Based on a October 15, 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s “2021 Best Insurance Companies for Medicare Advantage” along with three other insurers in California.

3 Based on a 92% base group in the area of members’ overall rating of their health plan from the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) score survey conducted in 2019.

Sharp Direct Advantage is offered by Sharp Health Plan. Sharp Health Plan is an HMO with a Medicare contract. Enrollment with Sharp Health Plan depends on contract renewal. Read the full disclaimer.

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