Kaiser gets high marks among health plans

Kaiser Permanente Northern California is the top-ranked commercial health plan in the state — and seventh in the country — in the 2013 ranking of more than 480 health plans in the United States released last month by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

And among the more than 400 Medicare plans surveyed, Kaiser Permanente Northern California ranked second in the nation.

The NCQA, established in 1990, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Its surveys are among the most comprehensive and widely respected in the nation, and cover a wide range of clinical and service measures. Health plans are scored on dozens of measures of care covering preventive medicine, reproductive health, mental and behavioral health, management of chronic conditions, and cancer screening.

“Kaiser Permanente’s focus on quality and prevention is transforming health care by keeping people healthier, introducing new settings for care, and often preventing illnesses and diseases from occurring in the first place,” said Gregory A. Adams, president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/Health Plan Inc. in Northern California.

“This approach is fundamental to our commitment to high-quality care and affordability. These rankings are a tribute to the outstanding work our physicians, nurses and staff do on behalf of our members and patients each and every day.”

Around the United States, the commercial health plans of all eight Kaiser Permanente regions finished in the top 25 out of 484 plans ranked. Among the 405 Medicare plans rated, the five highest-scoring in the country were Kaiser Permanente programs.

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