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Kaiser Permanente Leads the Nation in 16 Health Plan Quality Measures
Date:11/26/2013

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente again leads the nation's Medicare health plans by being ranked No.1 in 16 effectiveness-of-care measures, according to the 2013 National Committee for Quality Assurance's Quality Compass® data, the nation's most widely used indicator of outstanding clinical performance and patient experience.

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There are 35 effectiveness-of-care measures tracked in the NCQA Quality Compass for Medicare dataset for 2013. With 16 No. 1 rankings, Kaiser Permanente is the highest performer in nearly 50 percent of them. Out of more 400 Medicare health plans in the nation, no other health plan received more than four No.1 rankings.

Kaiser Permanente received top marks for:

  • Breast cancer screening (Southern California)
  • Adult BMI assessment (Northern California)
  • Use of spirometry testing in assessment and diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Southern California)
  • Pharmacotherapy management of COPD exacerbation – bronchodilator (Southern California)
  • Cholesterol management CAD – LDL screening (Hawaii)
  • Cholesterol management CAD – LDL level <100 (Colorado)
  • Persistence of beta blocker treatment after heart attack (Colorado)
  • Comprehensive diabetes care — blood pressure control (<140/80) (Georgia)
  • Comprehensive diabetes care — blood pressure control (<140/90)
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