Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States Named Highest Rated Health Plan in the Region

'NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013' Declared Kaiser Permanente as the Top Commercial and Medicare Health Plan in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States has been named the highest-rated 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). 

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In 'NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013,' Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States ranked among the top 15 Commercial and Medicare health plans nationwide. In the national Commercial category, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States jumped 18 spots to number 15 out of 474 plans. In the Medicare category, Kaiser Permanente ranked 12th out of 395 plans nationwide.

"Being named the highest-rated health plan in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. is truly a reflection of our commitment to the care experience for our patients," stated Marilyn Kawamura, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. "These outstanding results are a testament to our dedication to high-quality, affordable, convenient care to Kaiser Permanente patients throughout the region."    

Now in its seventh 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 2012-2013' lists appear online at NCQA.org.

'NCQA Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013,' 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.

"Not only did Kaiser Permanente rank the highest in the region, but we vastly outperformed all other regional competitors," said Bernadette Loftus, MD, Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group. "The combination of our award-winning physicians with our advanced technology and new full-service medical centers allows Kaiser Permanente to excel as a leader in quality and service." 

Kaiser Permanente medical centers are staffed by physicians from the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group – home to many of the region's "Top Doctors". Ninety Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group physicians were recognized as "Top Doctors" in the February issue of Northern Virginia Magazine's 2012 Top Doctors list and 53 physicians were named the region's "Top Doctors" in Washingtonian Magazine's March 2012 issue.

Kaiser Permanente continues to bring its high quality care to members throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, with two more new multi-specialty facilities opening next year. Kaiser Permanente will open a new multi-specialty medical center in Baltimore County, Md., and later that year will complete an extensive expansion and renovation of its current Largo Medical Center in Prince George's County, Md. Kaiser Permanente also opened new centers in Northwest DC, Tysons Corner and Gaithersburg in 2012. This robust expansion will provide members with new locations to receive superior care and more medical services conveniently co-located within Kaiser Permanente medical centers. 

This NCQA ranking comes on the heels of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States ranked "Highest Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in the Virginia-Maryland-D.C. Region, Four Years in a Row" by J.D. Power and Associates.*

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 Virginia-Maryland region in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2009-2012 U.S. Member Health Insurance Plan StudiesSM. 2012 study based on 32,868 total member responses, measuring 6 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 2009–January 2012. 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 50 top commercial health plans and 20 top Medicare health plans – and the #1 Medicare plan for Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. – by "NCQA Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2011-2012 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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