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HealthPartners Among Best Health Plans in the Nation for 3rd Year in U.S. News/NCQA 'America's Best Health Plans' 2007
Date:10/30/2007

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HealthPartners is among the top 50 best commercial and Medicare health plans in the nation according to the 2007 U.S. News & World Report/NCQA America's Best Health Plans issue. HealthPartners is featured in the print edition of the Nov. 5, 2007 magazine which compares the quality of care and customer satisfaction among 700 commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans from across the nation.

HealthPartners scored in the top 25 percent nationally in the following areas:

Clinical measures

-- Cancer screening for breast, colorectal and cervical cancer

-- Heart disease treatment: beta blocker treatment, blood pressure

control and cholesterol management

-- Diabetes care: eye exams, cholesterol control. blood sugar

testing and control

-- Immunizations for children

-- Depression medication management

-- Low back pain: appropriate diagnostic imaging

Member satisfaction

-- Getting access to care

-- Overall experience with the health plan

-- Rating of the health plan's doctors

HealthPartners commercial plan is the 38th highest-ranked plan nationally and its Medicare plan is the 33rd highest-ranked plan. HealthPartners commercial and Medicare plans were also ranked in the top 50 health plans in the 2006 and 2005 reports.

"This affirms that our work to offer the best possible health care and support the best possible health for our members is achieving results. We make that effort our top priority and care deeply about improving healthcare and the value we offer our members." said Mary Brainerd, HealthPartners president and CEO.

NCQA, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, is a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations and tracks and measures health plan performance. The 2007 America's Best Health Plans report is available at http://www.usnews.com.

About HealthPartners

Founded in 1957, the HealthPartners (http://www.healthpartners.com) family of health care companies serve more than one million medical and dental health plan members nationwide and is the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation, providing care, coverage, research and education to improve the health of members, patients and the community.


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