Health Plan of Michigan Ranks 10th-Best Medicaid Health Plan by U.S. News & World Report/NCQA

Dec 02, 2009, 16:36 ET from Health Plan of Michigan

DETROIT, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit-based Health Plan of Michigan (HPM) is now recognized as the 10th best Medicaid health plan in the country, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report/NCQA America's Best Health Plans rankings. This is an exciting achievement in rankings for Health Plan of Michigan. Throughout 2009, HPM has focused closely on its commitment in quality to its members and by the end of the summer of 2009, Health Plan of Michigan grew to become Michigan's largest Medicaid plan. This is the third year in a row that Health Plan of Michigan has been recognized as one of America's Best Health Plans in the country. In 2008, Health Plan of Michigan was ranked 14th nationally.

"Our improvement in these important quality performance measures is a true testament to the dedication of our provider network and employees who consistently reach out to HPM members to educate, coordinate and provide access to quality health care," said Dr. David B. Cotton, MD, President and CEO of Health Plan of Michigan. "We're extremely proud to be recognized as one of America's Best Health Plans for 2009."

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and U.S. News & World Report collaborate annually to rank the nation's health plans. The rankings placed five Michigan Medicaid health plans in the Top 25 nationwide, up from four health plans from the previous year. The Top 25 Medicaid Health Plans are currently featured in the December 1, 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report.

In this annual report hundreds of commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid health plans are ranked with detailed information given about their performance in selected areas, including consumer experience, prevention and treatment. These rankings are compiled from data collected and analyzed by NCQA, which is the nationally recognized standard for health plan accreditation.

Health Plan of Michigan demonstrated significant improvement in several preventive care measures to help attain its 10th place ranking. Health Plan of Michigan improved its quality of care for women demonstrating an increase in Cervical Cancer Screening by over ten percentage points and Chlamydia Screening by over six percentage points. HPM also showed improvement in children's health by reporting an over four percentage point increase in lead screening and over six percentage point increase in well child visits for children ages three to six. These results are based on Health Plan of Michigan's 2009 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) results from NCQA's 2009 Quality Compass.

These improvements were achieved through aggressive telephone and mail outreach campaigns to contact members and remind them of important preventive services. Numerous provider education campaigns aimed to increase provider knowledge and reporting were utilized to increase rates as well as pay for performance programs focused on preventive care and health outcomes.

Health Plan of Michigan is the largest Medicaid HMO in the State of Michigan, providing health care services to 236,773 Medicaid enrollees through a contract with the Michigan Department of Community Health (DCH). HPM is also the largest hospital and physician network in Michigan Medicaid managed care with over 2,300 PCPs, over 6,000 Specialists and 93 Hospitals.

HPM is a privately owned and physician managed Medicaid health plan. Its corporate headquarters is located in Detroit, Michigan. Currently HPM operates in 64 Michigan counties. The company has attained an NCQA rating of "Excellent" which is the highest accreditation rating that can be obtained by a managed care organization. For more information, visit

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SOURCE Health Plan of Michigan