ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States has been named the highest-ranked Commercial and Medicare health plan in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., based on its outstanding scores for consumer satisfaction and quality, according to the latest rankings by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
NCQA's Private (Commercial) Health Insurance Plan Rankings
In 'NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014,' Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States ranked among the top 25 Commercial and Medicare health plans nationwide. In the national Commercial category, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States ranked 16 out of 484 plans, and is considered a "Best Value" health plan. In the Medicare category, Kaiser Permanente jumped four spots to #8 out of 405 plans nationwide.
"Being named the highest-rated health plan in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., is truly a reflection of our commitment to high quality, exceptional care for our members," stated Kim Horn, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. "These excellent results are a testament to the top-notch care provided by Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group physicians and the clinical care teams."
Now in its eighth year, 'NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings' are based on quality data collected, analyzed and converted to scores by the NCQA. The three reporting categories are consumer satisfaction, prevention and treatment. The 'NCQA Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014' lists appear online at NQCA.org.
'NCQA Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014,' the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care, provides individuals, employer groups, and purchasers with the ability evaluate the quality of various health plans while considering important measures and demonstrated value, instead of basing their decision solely on cost.
"The results show that our award-winning physicians are providing superior quality care. In addition to great clinical quality results, our patient satisfaction scores also tell us how happy patients are with our primary care doctors and specialists," said Bernadette Loftus, MD, Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group. "We are truly gratified to have earned the rank of the #1 health plan in the Maryland, Virginia and DC, vastly outperforming all other regional health plans."
Kaiser Permanente medical centers are staffed by physicians from the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group – home to many of the region's "Top Doctors." One hundred and sixteen Mid-Atlantic Permanente Group physicians were recognized as "Top Doctors" in the February issue of Northern Virginia Magazine's 2013 Top Doctors list and 86 physicians were named among the region's "Super Doctors Rising Stars" in the April 2013 edition of the Washington Post Magazine.
This year, Kaiser Permanente opened multi-specialty medical centers in Baltimore County and Largo, Maryland. Kaiser Permanente also opened new centers in Northwest D.C., Tysons Corner and Gaithersburg in 2012. This robust expansion has provided members with new locations to receive superior care and more medical services conveniently co-located within Kaiser Permanente medical centers.
Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States has also been ranked "Highest Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in the Mid-Atlantic Region," five years in a row by J.D. Power.* Kaiser Permanente scored the highest among Maryland health maintenance organization (HMO) plans in the Maryland Health Care Commission's 2013 Health Benefit Plan Quality and Performance Report: Measuring the Quality and Performance of Maryland's Commercial Health Benefit Plans.
For more information about Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, visit kp.org/midatlantic.
* Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. received the highest numerical score among commercial health plans in the Mid-Atlantic region in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Member Health Plan Study(SM). Study based on 33,533 total member responses, measuring six plans in the Virginia-Maryland-D.C. region (excludes Medicare and Medicaid). Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of members surveyed December 2012-January 2013. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.
About Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States
Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States region, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, provides and coordinates complete health care services for almost 500,000 members through 29 medical centers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1980, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is a total health organization comprised of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., and the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C., an independent medical group that features approximately 1,000 physicians who provide or arrange care for patients throughout the area. Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is considered one of Maryland's "Top HMOs," according to the Maryland Health Care Commission. The health plan was ranked in the nation's 25 top commercial health plans and 10 top Medicare health plans – and the #1 Medicare plan for Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. – by "NCQA Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013 Private." For more information about Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, visit kp.org or follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/KPMidAtlantic.
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