Alliance of Community Health Plan Members Show Superior Performance in National Report on Health Care Quality

Washington, D.C. — Alliance of Community Health Plan (ACHP) members were among the top performers nationally and regionally in the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s annual report on “The State of Health Care Quality, 2003.”

“ACHP members are committed to public reporting of quality data and use these data to improve care in their communities,” said Jack Ebeler, president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans. “Again, this year, ACHP members stand out on these objective measures of quality.” The report is issued by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent national organization that evaluates and reports on the quality of the nation’s health plans.

Two ACHP members are ranked among the top ten health plans in the country on effectiveness of care measures in the Health Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS®): Fallon Community Health Plan in Worcester, MA, and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in Colorado. In addition, ACHP plans are included in NCQA’s listing of the top five plans in every region in which there is an ACHP member (Table 1). Overall, the ACHP membership consistently outperforms other plans. They achieve superior results on 31 of the 33 HEDIS® effectiveness of care measures (Table 2), and rank with the national averages on consumer assessments of care.