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NCQA Awards Quality Plus Distinction to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota for Physician and Hospital Quality Measures
Date:4/3/2008

ota health plans and the Minnesota Medical Association.

Blue Cross' web site was noted for doing an excellent job in providing its members information about the quality and cost for hundreds of procedures, conditions and services. One of those web tools is Healthcare Facts, a hospital and clinic information tool designed to educate members through the use of the familiar nutrition label format.

"Health care innovation is developing at a rapid pace," Manley said. "We participate in NCQA's Quality Plus program because we want to push the innovation envelope. And we are sending a message to our members, physicians and hospitals that we are focused on the issues that matter the most to them through our participation in the Quality Plus program."

Quality Plus is a voluntary program for all NCQA accredited organizations. Blue Cross was one of the health plans who adopted the Quality Plus programs early on.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to http://www.bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.


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