ROCKVILLE, Md., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With affordability and quality top of mind when it comes to making healthcare decisions, consumers should also consider health plans with physicians that consistently rank among the area's elite doctors. In its March 2014 issue, The Washingtonian Magazine recognized fifty-nine Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group physicians as "Top Doctors." The biannual "Top Doctors" list recognizes experts in dozens of specialties and is compiled based on a local survey of physicians.
"Having area physicians select so many Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group doctors among the best in the region is a true accomplishment, and speaks to the superior care that our physicians provide Kaiser Permanente members," said Bernadette Loftus, MD, Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group. "The 'Top Doctors' list is an important tool that consumers can use when making important decisions about their healthcare and selecting physicians that are considered among the elite in their fields of practice."
The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group physicians recognized by Washingtonian Magazine provide exceptional care to more than 500,000 Kaiser Permanente patients who receive their care at our twenty-nine medical centers throughout the area. Kaiser Permanente's full service medical centers are home to many of these award-winning physicians. With 24/7 urgent care, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology, our five full service medical centers are making it more convenient for Kaiser Permanente members to receive high quality care right in their neighborhood. To hear experiences from real Kaiser Permanente members about their care experience, visit Kaiser Permanente's Care Stories website.
And recently, Kaiser Permanente members rated Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States as the "Highest Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in the Mid-Atlantic Region", according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Member Health Plan StudySM.*
In addition to the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group physicians being recognized as the "best of the best" in Washingtonian Magazine, 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.
In 'NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014,' Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States ranked among the top 20 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.
Every year, The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys consumers about their experiences with health plans and their services. This survey has become the national standard for measuring and reporting on the consumer satisfaction with their health plans. The ratings of our Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group physicians have not only surged ahead of our local competitors, but also our primary care physicians and specialists are leaders in the nation when it comes to patient satisfaction. Members of nearly 500 health plans were surveyed – and out of all these nation-wide health plans – Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States members rated their Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group primary care doctors so high that we've earned the #7 ranking in the United States and #1 ranking in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.
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 2014 U.S. Member Health Plan StudySM. 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 2013-January 2014. 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 more than 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 more than 1,000 physicians. Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States was ranked in the nation's 20 top commercial health plans and 10 top Medicare health plans — and the No. 1 Commercial and Medicare plan for Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. — by "NCQA Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014 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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