Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire Ranks Among Top Insurers in NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2010-2011 - Private

Oct 07, 2010, 10:30 ET from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire has once again ranked among the very best private health insurers in the country, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2010-2011 - Private. This recognition as one of the nation's top health plans is the result of outstanding overall performance in clinical care measures, member satisfaction and NCQA accreditation.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire was rated 17th out of the top 20 private health plans in the country.*

"Our company is committed to providing the very best health care value to our customers," said Douglas J. Wenners, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire.  "This recognition is a reflection of the hard work our associates do everyday throughout the state, and we are honored to be counted among the nation's top plans once again."    

The NCQA evaluated 227 private health plans and ranked them based on clinical performance, member satisfaction, and NCQA accreditation. To be eligible for rankings, health plans must authorize public release of their performance information and submit enough data for statistically valid analysis. NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2010-2011- Private used NCQA's established rankings methodology, which has been used and widely recognized since 2005. 

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire currently holds Excellent Accreditation for its HMO/POS plan and has earned Quality Plus Distinction in Care Management and Health Improvement.  According to the NCQA, the plan scored well in a number of measures including: management of chronic diseases (like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, diabetes, member support and education, healthy lifestyles, and well child visits.

"As the state's largest health insurer, a major part of our mission is to improve the health status of New Hampshire residents," noted Richard Lafleur, M.D., medical director, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire.  "Our ongoing work in these key areas, as well as our continued emphasis on key population health measures, is vital to that mission."

* According to NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2010-11 – Private

About the National Committee for Quality Assurance

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, NCQA is a private nonprofit 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. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of New Hampshire, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  ®ANTHEM is a registered trade mark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc.  The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.  Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire is available at www.anthem.com.

SOURCE Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire



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