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San Francisco Health Plan is U.S. Leader in Childhood Immunizations
Date:1/21/2009

Local Community Health Plan Outperforms National Medicaid Plans on Key Quality Measure

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- San Francisco Health Plan (SFHP), the City's community health plan, today announced it is honored to be the U.S. leader in childhood immunizations for Medicaid health plans nationwide. 90.7% of SFHP's pediatric members are fully immunized, besting second-ranked Kaiser Permanente of Hawaii by approximately 0.2 percentage points.

"We couldn't be more thrilled with the results," said Dori Lange, SFHP Director of Quality Improvement of San Francisco Health Plan. "It's a clear indicator that our methods for achieving success in quality care are working, and that our commitment to the good health and well-being of the residents of San Francisco is being realized."

Strategies for achieving high childhood immunization rates include incentive programs that encourage parents of health plan members to take their children in for required vaccinations before age two. A complete shot record that indicates all required immunizations have been received results in a $50 gift card for the parent. Required immunizations consist of four diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP), three polio (IPV), one measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), three H influenza type B (HiB), three hepatitis B, one chicken pox (VZV) and four pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.

National rankings are determined by Health Employer Data Information Set (HEDIS) results, a set of nationally recognized performance measures of health plans developed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Ranking high on HEDIS quality measures is a key indicator that SFHP providers are taking good care of members, and that SFHP has established an exceptional provider support system.

"We cannot underscore the importance and impact of provider participation enough," said John F. Grgurin
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