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Kaiser Permanente Receives the Most Stars in California Office of Patient Advocate's Annual Quality Report Card
Date:11/20/2008

rves members in Northern California. "The number of categories in which KP is rated number one is a tribute to the clinical excellence of our physicians, nurses and staff and our advanced electronic medical record system. These outstanding results explain why our members have a 30 percent lower chance of dying from heart disease and why our patients with asthma are able to live a healthier life."

Gregory A. Adams, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals, Inc., in Northern California, said: "These high marks are a tribute to Kaiser Permanente's physicians, nurses and staff members for the quality care they provide to our patients. We're particularly proud of the fact that our efforts are having such a positive, life-changing impact for so many of our members. Kaiser Permanente is recognized as the health care leader in prevention and quality care, and this type of recognition clearly demonstrates our ongoing commitment to enhancing the health and well-being of our patients and the communities we serve."

This year's Health Care Quality Report Card from the OPA rated nine health plans in California on the quality of care enrollees receive, based on their record of health services provided to members, and in some cases, reviews of members' medical charts. Ratings are also based on what members say about their experiences with the health plans and medical groups.

The OPA ratings follow several other recent honors received by Kaiser Permanente:

-- Earlier this month, Kaiser Permanente received the first "Director's Right Care Initiative Award" from the California Department of Managed Health Care for its work in preventing diabetes and heart disease.

-- Kaiser Permanente also is the clear leader in the 2008 report card released by the California Corporative Healthcare Reporting Initiative, receiving the highest rating or tying for the highest rating in 36 of 40 measures o
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