DENVER — “Having a stroke isn’t how I envisioned my Mother’s Day going,” said Sharon Matthies, a long-time Kaiser Permanente member in Colorado.
In May, Matthies was sitting in her living room with her husband when she noticed something wasn’t quite right.
“I knew right away what it was. My left arm was limp and I knew the signs and symptoms of a stroke. I sought medical attention as fast as I could,” said Matthies.
Thanks to her care team, Matthies was eventually diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, an irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow and can cause a stroke.
Matthies worked hand-in-hand with her clinical pharmacy specialist, Alison Quinn, PharmD., to decide on the medications that would best suit her needs. Quinn specializes in pharmacogenomics— the study of how genes affect a person’s response to pharmaceuticals.
“I really think this saved me from having another stroke. The peace of mind Alison gave me and the care I received was beyond any rating I could give,” said Matthies.
Matthies’ experience is common among Kaiser Permanente members and is one example why Kaiser Permanente consistently rates among the nation’s top health plans for delivering high-quality care and service. In fact, “NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2018-2019” lists Kaiser Permanente as having the state’s top-rated Commercial (private) plan earning a 4.5 out 5 rating and Medicare health plan earning a 5 out of 5 rating.
The report, published today, rates more than 1,000 health plans, including Medicare, and Private (Commercial), on a 0-to-5 scale, with 5 being the best. Ratings are based on data collected, analyzed and converted to scores by the NCQA.
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About Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, working to improve the lives and health of all Coloradans for 49 years. We are comprised of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado and the Colorado Permanente Medical Group—one of the state’s largest medical groups with more than 1,200 physicians. We provide comprehensive care for our 660,000 Kaiser Permanente Colorado members through 31 medical offices across the state—from Pueblo to Greeley and in Summit and Eagle counties. We are also committed to our social mission and in 2017, proudly directed more than $122 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/share or follow us @kpcolorado or like us facebook.com/kpcolorado.