North state Kaiser is ranked high nationally

Published: Friday, Sep. 21, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6B

Kaiser Permanente Northern California is the eighth-best commercial health plan in the country – and the third-best Medicare plan – in the National Committee for Quality Assurance's 2012 ranking of health plans in the United States.

Kaiser's regional HMO was the highest ranked commercial plan in California and scored among the top 10 nationally on 20 of the 49 measures of clinical excellence. They included screening for cancer, diabetes and hypertension; management of high blood pressure; and screening and management of body mass index.

"Preventive care has been a cornerstone of the Kaiser Permanente model for more than 65 years, and by consistently screening for chronic conditions and catching and treating health problems early, we are helping our members and patients live full, active and productive lives," said Gregory Adams, regional president of Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

Washington, D.C.-based NCQA is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health-care quality.

– Mark Glover

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