SEATTLE, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Group Health Cooperative's Health Plan Division Executive Vice President Bob O'Brien issued the following statement regarding the Washington Health Alliance news that Group Health's commercial HMO plan was rated highest in the nation among those health plans participating in eValue8. The rating was determined using the National Business Coalition on Health's (NBCH) comprehensive eValue8 RFI to measure and evaluate health plan performance, the industry gold standard for measuring health plan performance.
"Group Health is honored to be named the top commercial health plan in America by eValue8. The outcome of this independent review of our plan reflects the hard work we do every day to ensure our patients have an excellent experience, that our clinicians offer the very best clinical outcomes for our members, and that we provide high-quality integrated care and coverage at affordable rates.
We have a proven track record of delivering the best care in the region—ranking as the top-performing medical group and commercial health plan in Washington, according to the Washington Health Alliance Community Checkup. Now, we can officially add our name at the top of the list of health plans nationally. Employers and members trust Group Health because our doctors use shared-decision making tools to include patients in selecting the most appropriate care. Our care is based on evidence-based medicine that leads to proven outcomes. At Group Health, we support everyone who values health to be the healthiest they can be and these eValue8 results are proof.
Today's news affirms why a national non-profit like Kaiser Permanente would seek out Group Health and choose to acquire our health plans and our delivery system, which has a proven record of serving our members' needs today. We have said all along that the Group Health model is strong, and, pending regulatory approval, we look forward to sharing our learnings with Kaiser Permanente, and learning from them so that we can help make Washington and America healthier."
eValue8™ is an evidenced-based assessment tool created by business coalitions and employers like Marriott and General Motors, to measure and evaluate health plan performance. eValue8 asks health plans probing questions about how they manage critical processes that control costs, reduce and eliminate waste, ensure patient safety and improve health and health care. The assessment is managed by the National Business Coalition on Health, a not-for-profit membership organization of purchaser-led health care coalitions, representing 12,000 employers, unions and government entities, and approximately 41 million Americans.
About Group Health:
Group Health Cooperative offers a unique health care system, care delivery and health coverage, in order to achieve one goal – affordable, quality health care for all. Our innovative practices at 25 medical centers and within major Washington hospitals have earned national recognition for medical quality, disease prevention, and evidence-based treatments. These priorities have remained the same since we began serving patients in 1947. As a nonprofit organization, Group Health helps more than 600,000 patients throughout Washington state achieve better health. Our focus on preventive care, combined with medical education, a charitable foundation and a nationally recognized research institute, advances health in the community in a way no one else can. Group Health supports events, programs, and organizations that share this commitment to strengthening health in our communities. For more information about Group Health, visit www.ghc.org.