ACHP Plans Continue To Outpace Industry

Washington, D.C-(September 6, 2000) – In quality performance measurements released Wednesday by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), not-for-profit and provider sponsored health plans affiliated with the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) continued to outperform the rest of the managed care industry. “Keys to this performance were close collaborative partnerships with participating physicians and focused efforts on improving access and outcomes for patients,” said ACHP president and CEO Daniel Wolfson.

To help its member plans improve patient care, ACHP conducts year-round improvement programs (tobacco use, diabetes, depression), medical education seminars (patient safety, disease-specific case management) and a Benchmarks in Quality and Safety measurement initiative (coronary heart disease).

ACHP plans included in this measurement are: AvMed Health Plan; Fallon Community Health Plan; Family Health Plan Cooperative; Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound; Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc.; Health Alliance Plan of Michigan; Health Alliance Medical Plans; HealthPartners; HIP of Greater New York; and participating regions of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program (Colorado, Georgia, Inc., Hawaii, Inc., Kansas City, Inc., Ohio, Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., Northwest, Inc.), M-Plan, Scott and White Health Plan, and Univera Healthcare (Western and Central New York).

Selected Measures ACHP Plan Averages National Quality Compass Averages
(All Lines of Business)
Childhood Immunizations (Comb. #1) 71.70 63.73
Advising Smokers to Quit 70.73 63.56
Breast Cancer Screening 79.63 73.43
Cervical Cancer Screening 78.94 71.80
Prenatal Care in First Trimester 89.15 85.07
Comprehensive Diabetic Care (Hemoglobin) 83.62 75.07
Beta Blockers after a Heart Attack 88.65 85.00
Follow-Up After Hospitalization for Selected Mental Illness (30 days) 82.18 70.08
Check-Ups After Delivery 78.18 72.34

ACHP is a national alliance of 22 leading not-for-profit and provider-sponsored health plans serving over eight million Americans in 23 states. These plans have served generations of Americans for more than fifty years.

The source for data contained in this release is Quality Compass and is used with the permission of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (“NCQA”). Any analysis, interpretation, or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors, and NCQA specifically disclaims responsibility for any such analysis, interpretation, or conclusion. Quality Compass is a registered trademark of NCQA.