Community-Based Health Plans Lead National Rankings

For Immediate Release
September 21, 2012

CONTACT: Rachel Schwartz
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Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) members again lead the 2012 National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) health care rankings of health plans, published September 20 on NCQA’s website. All of the nation’s top ten Medicare plans, seven of the top ten plans in the commercial rankings and six of the top ten plans in the Medicaid rankings are offered by ACHP members.

“American consumers are looking for the best health plans to meet their needs and keep them healthy. The NCQA rankings are an essential tool for consumers, employers and other purchasers looking for the best health care for their money and the high performance of ACHP plans is a direct reflection of our commitment to delivering affordable, high quality coverage to our members and our communities,” said ACHP President and CEO Patricia Smith.

NCQA’s measurement drives quality improvement that directly affects more than 118 million Americans nationwide. Health plans are ranked based on clinical performance, member satisfaction and NCQA accreditation. NCQA publishes its Health Insurance Plan Rankings annually.

ACHP member plans regularly rank at the top of all of the major evaluations of health plan quality.  In 2011, for example, seven ACHP plans received the highest five-star rating from the Medicare Advantage program and 98 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in a five-star plan were enrolled in an ACHP member plan.

“By consistently providing the best care and service to their members, ACHP patient-centered plans’ focus on high quality care earns us deservedly high rankings year after year,” said ACHP Board Chairperson Scott Armstrong, President and CEO of Group Health Cooperative, based in Seattle.

Visit ACHP.org for more information, including a table of ACHP member plans’ rankings, further analysis of the ratings and rankings, and member stories.

About ACHP

The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is a national leadership organization bringing together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care. The community based and regional health plans and provider organizations from across the country that make up ACHP’s membership provide coverage and care for approximately 16 million Americans. These 22 organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of innovations in affordability and the quality of care, including patient care coordination, patient-centered medical homes, accountable health care delivery and use of information technology. For more information visit www.achp.org.

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care.