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Gateway Health Plan Ranked Again Among 'America's Best Health Plans' According to U.S. News & World Report, NCQA
Date:10/31/2007

Gateway Health Plan is Top-Ranked Medicaid Plan in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently released its third report on health plans, "U.S. News & World Report/NCQA America's Best Health Plans 2007."* Gateway Health Plan is ranked #12 among 196 Medicaid plans nationwide. It is the top-ranked Medicaid plan in Pennsylvania.

"Gateway Health Plan is extremely proud to once again be included among the best health plans in the nation," states Michael Blackwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Health Plan, Inc. "We have worked to distinguish ourselves as the health plan with superior quality and service. Our employees and provider partners have worked very hard to provide quantitative evidence that we do indeed provide exceptional quality health care and customer service to our members."

The rankings were based on a combination of member satisfaction, clinical quality, and NCQA Accreditation scores. The scores are grouped in three categories:

Consumer Experience: Includes CAHPS(R) measures about consumer experience

with getting care, as well as satisfaction with plan physicians and with

health plan services.

Prevention: Includes HEDIS(R) measures of how often preventive services

are provided (e.g. childhood and adolescent immunizations, women's

reproductive health, and cancer screenings), as well as measures of

children and adolescents access to primary and preventive visits.

Treatment: Includes HEDIS measures of how well health plans take care of

people who have health problems, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease,

hypertension, osteoporosis, alcohol and drug dependence, mental illness

and whether physicians advised smokers to quit.

Dr. Robert Mirsky, VP/Chief Medical Officer, says, "These quality scores translate to tangible improvements in our members'
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