Washington — Geisinger Health Plan ranked #1 in three measures in a new report released by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), an independent state agency. In addition, GHP was consistently among the states top four health plans. This report follows the 2007U.S. News & World Reports Americas Best Health Plans list released in November, where GHP was ranked in the top 15 percent of all health plans in the nation.
The annual report, Measuring the Quality of Pennsylvanias Commercial HMOs, comparesPennsylvanias health plans in how well they keep members healthy, prevent hospitalizations through primary care, manage ongoing illnesses and perform on surgical procedures. Approximately 40 different measures are compared. GHP was ranked #1 in monitoring kidney disease for members with diabetes, screening for breast cancer and annual monitoring for patients on persistent medications.
The PHC4 report contains valuable information designed to help consumers make more informed decisions, says Duane E. Davis, M.D, GHP’s vice president and chief medical officer. By providing an apples-to-apples comparison of health plans, this resource encourages health plans to improve the quality of care they provide their members, helping to control the cost of health care in Pennsylvania.
An independent state agency, PHC4 was created under Pennsylvania statute (Act 89) to collect, analyze and report data to the public about the cost and quality of health care in Pennsylvania. This is the ninth year PHC4 has reported on the quality of care that HMO networks offer.
ACHP represents innovative health plans and provider organizations that continually strive to deliver the highest quality health care, improve the health of their patients, maximize patient satisfaction, and reduce per capita health care costs. ACHP members consistently rank as among America’s best plans at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care to their communities. ACHP health plans have deep roots in the communities they serve, and provide health insurance and coverage to over 15 million individuals in the United States. Drawing on years of experience, members collaborate, share strategies and best practices, and work toward solutions to some of the biggest challenges in health care delivery and policy. More information is available at www.achp.org.
About Geisinger Health Plan
Geisinger Health Plan, begun in 1985, is headquartered in Danville, PA and is one of the nation’s largest rural HMOs. The Health Plan serves more than 212,000 members in 42 counties. Members of the Health Plan have access to complete health-care benefits, from preventive care and routine office visits to hospital care and surgery; and an extensive network of primary care physicians, including affiliations with hospitals, pharmacies, and home health and rehabilitation services. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, and Medicare beneficiaries. Self-funded and indemnity plans are sold through Geisinger Indemnity Insurance Company. PPO and high deductible plans are sold through Geisinger Quality Options, Inc. More information is available at www.thehealthplan.com.