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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine Among Top Insurers on U.S. News & World Report/National Committee for Quality Assurance America's Best Health Plans List
Date:11/11/2008

elps consumers make informed decisions when choosing a health plan," said NCQA President Margaret

E. O'Kane. "It lets consumers know which plans have demonstrated they can deliver the highest levels of care and service."

The Proof is in the Programs

Anthem Maine's Quality Hospital Improvement Program - QHIP - works to improve the quality of hospital care our members receive. Hospitals are rewarded for instituting programs and adopting technologies that result in better patient outcomes, reduced errors and higher member satisfaction. This voluntary program currently has sixteen Maine hospitals participating. Anthem Maine's Primary Care Pay for Performance Program encourages providers to improve the quality of care our members receive. Using a framework similar to the QHIP program, providers are rewarded for implementing illness registries for members with chronic disease and for installing electronic medical records in their offices. Approximately 97% of Maine's Primary Care Providers are participating in this program

About the National Committee for Quality Assurance

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a private, non- profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and manages the evolution of HEDIS, the performance measurement tool used by more than 90 percent of the nation's health plans. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information through the web and the media in order to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

Founded in 1933, the weekly news magazine, U.S. News & World Report, is devoted to investigative journalism and reporting and to analyzing national and international affairs, politics, business, health, science, technology and social trends. Through its annual rankings of America's Bes
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