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Kaiser Medicare Plan Receives Top Ranking

December 21, 2016, 9:47 AM HST
* Updated December 21, 9:53 AM
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Kaiser Permanente’s Hilo location. Kaiser Permanente file courtesy image.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance, a leading independent health care quality organization, ranked Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i’s Medicare plan No. 1 in the state in 18 measures of quality care, including breast and colorectal cancer screenings, and six measures of comprehensive diabetes care.

The rankings were announced in the 2016 NCQA Medicare Quality Compass® report, which assesses the performance of more than 300 Medicare health plans throughout the nation in 30 measures of effectiveness of care.

Additionally, Kaiser Permanente received top marks in Hawaii for adult BMI assessment, osteoporosis management in women with previous fractures, and follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness. The Hawai‘i region was named No. 1 in the nation in two measures: controlling high blood pressure, and treating rheumatoid arthritis with disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug therapy.

“We’re proud that our Medicare plan has received recognition for its effective care, preventive screening guidelines and treatment of chronic conditions,” says Mary Ann Barnes, RN, president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Hawai‘i Region. “At Kaiser Permanente, we believe in the importance of high-quality, patient-centered care so our members can live healthy and thrive at any age.”

The Quality Compass Medicare report is the latest in a string of recognitions from NCQA this year. Last month, NCQA’s Quality Compass report for commercial plans recognized Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i for leading the nation in six measures of care, and No. 1 in Hawai‘i in 34 of 48 measures of care. Earlier in 2016, Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare and Medicaid plans received the highest ratings in the state in NCQA’s annual Health Insurance Plan Ratings report.

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The annual NCQA Quality Compass rankings are based on combined scores of Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDISÒ) and the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPSÒ). Complete results are available here.

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