Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s Medicare Plan Receives 5 out of 5 Rating from NCQA, Again

PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#kaiserpermanenteKaiser
’s health plans are among the best in the nation,
according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Health
Insurance Plan Rating 2016-17
report published today.

In Southern California, for the second year, Kaiser Permanente’s
Medicare Plan received a 5 out of 5 overall rating for consumer
experience, prevention services and clinical treatment outcomes, placing
it in the top 3 percent of the 338 Medicare plans rated by the NCQA
across the country.

“Kaiser Permanente is the answer to how health care should be provided
across the United States,” said Julie
, president for Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
“The NCQA survey highlights how our members feel about the care we
provide and recognizes our steadfast focus on achieving the highest
quality outcomes and the best care experience for our members, customers
and communities.”

“This recognition from NCQA is a tremendous acknowledgement of our
talented and caring physicians, nurses and other care providers,” said Edward
M. Ellison, MD
, executive medical director of the Southern
California Permanente Medical Group
. “Kaiser Permanente’s integrated
health care model brings together care teams dedicated to helping each
member reach their greatest health potential. Our patient-centered
compassionate care is how we are leading the way to be an answer to
health and health care in America.”

NCQA’s annual report rates more than 1,000 health plans, including
Medicare, Medicaid and Private (Commercial), on a 0-to-5 scale, with 5
being the best. Only 23 health plans in the country were given a 5 out
of 5 this year, and Kaiser Permanente has 8 of them, more than any other
health plan. All Kaiser Permanente health plans were rated as 4.0 or

The “NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Ratings” are based on combined scores
for health plans in the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information
Set®, commonly called HEDIS; the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare
Providers and Systems®, or CAHPS; and NCQA Accreditation standards

This is the 12th year NCQA has ranked or rated the nation’s
health plans. From 2005-14, NCQA ranked the plans numerically from
highest to lowest. Last year, for the first time, NCQA implemented a
“ratings” system which classifies plans into scores from 0-5 in 0.5
increments. It is a method similar to the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Service’s 5-Star Quality Rating System.

The ratings and methodology are posted on the NCQA’s website at www.ncqa.org
and soon will be available on WebMD.com.

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We
are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and
not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide
high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of
our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than
4.2 million members in Southern California. Care for members and
patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal
physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring
medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology
advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention,
state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease
management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical
research, health education and the support of community health. For more
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