Press Releases: Colorado
September 20, 2011
Kaiser Permanente Colorado Is One of America’s Top Health Plans
“NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2011–2012” Lists Kaiser Permanente as Highest-Rated Private Health Plan in Colorado, No. 6 in the Nation and No. 3 for Medicare
DENVER — Kaiser Permanente is the highest-rated private health insurance plan in Colorado and one of the top-ranked private health plans in the nation for quality and member satisfaction, according to new rankings by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
In addition, “NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2011–2012” lists Kaiser Permanente Colorado as the No. 3 Medicare plan in U.S. This is the third year in a row Kaiser Permanente has been among the top three Medicare Plans in the nation.
“NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2011–2012” appears online at www.ncqa.org.
The rankings are based on quality data collected, analyzed and converted to scores by the NCQA. The three reporting categories include consumer satisfaction, prevention and treatment.
“These rankings demonstrate how a coordinated approach to delivering care supported by an electronic medical record can result in superior outcomes for patients,” said Michael Chase, MD, associate medical director of Quality for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “Being recognized as one of the nation’s top health plans is ultimately about our physicians, nurses and staff providing our members with outstanding care and service.“
Kaiser Permanente serves more than 533,000 members in Colorado. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. 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 member Barbara Svick underwent treatment and reconstructive surgery for breast cancer. She shared her thoughts on Kaiser Permanente’s quality of care. “Kaiser was so thorough about testing me. There were literally dozens of nurses, two radiologists, two surgeons, nurse educators…and they all worked really well together and that made me feel that, ‘Gee, this is going to be ok.’ I would rate the quality of my care an eleven on a scale of one to ten. I mean, it really was amazing. I just think the world of Kaiser as an organization,” Svick said.
Kaiser Permanente Colorado has been recognized by NCQA as a Patient Centered Medical Home. Nearly 300 primary care physicians and 16 medical offices earned the top-level recognition, making Kaiser Permanente Colorado one of the largest medical providers in the nation to receive the designation. In addition, 110 Kaiser Permanente Colorado physicians have recently been recognized by the NCQA for excellence in care for patients with diabetes.
Facts About the Rankings
The rankings are based on data collected, analyzed and converted to scores by the NCQA. The three reporting categories include consumer satisfaction, prevention and treatment. The rankings reflect Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s outstanding performance in a variety of quality measures, including the following:
- Asthma care
- Diabetes care
- Anti-depressant monitoring
- Childhood immunizations
- Cervical cancer screening
Kaiser Permanente is proud to elevate the health of its members and all of Colorado by continuing to advance the concept of patient-centered care. We invite you to learn more about our commitment to excellence by listening to the stories of our patients and physicians at www.elevateyourhealthco.com.
About National Committee for Quality Assurance
National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care.
About Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, proudly working to improve the lives and health of Denver, Boulder, and southern Colorado area residents for more than 40 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 533,000 members through 23 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. The health plan was named “Highest in Member Satisfaction” among Commercial Health Plans by J.D. Power and Associates for the fourth straight year. Kaiser Permanente was also recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top-ranked private health plan in Colorado, No. 9 in the nation and one of the top 5 Medicare plans in the U.S. for the second year in a row. In 2010, Kaiser Permanente proudly directed more than $90 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/newscenter or follow us on twitter @kpcolorado or facebook.com/kpcolorado.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser 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 and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.8 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. 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 information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter