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New Ratings: Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States Best in Nation for 15 Quality Measures

Region has more national and regional No. 1 Effectiveness of Care ratings than any other health plan in the U.S.

October 9, 2017



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ROCKVILLE, Md. — Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States rated No. 1 in the nation for Breast Cancer Screening, Controlling High Blood Pressure, Colorectal Cancer Screening and 12 other quality measures, according to the newly released 2017 National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Quality Compass® data.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States has been rated No. 1 in the U.S. for Breast Cancer Screening. It’s the third year in a row the organization has been rated No. 1 in the U.S. for Controlling High Blood Pressure and the second year in a row the organization has been rated No.1 on two measures for Comprehensive Diabetes Care (Blood Pressure Control and Eye Exams).

“I am incredibly proud of this organization and all of our amazing physicians for providing care that is recognized year after year as best in the nation,” said Bernadette Loftus, MD, associate executive director, The Permanente Medical Group, which provides care for Kaiser Permanente members in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. “I would like to personally congratulate and thank all our physicians and staff for achieving this great honor.”

According to the newly released NCQA Quality Compass data for Private/Commercial plans, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States has more national No. 1 ratings and regional No. 1 ratings than any other health plan in the U.S. for measures of Effectiveness of Care.

The organization has No. 1 ratings in 11 separate clinical areas. When you account for different age groups within those areas — as is customary for Quality Compass reporting — Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is No. 1 in 15 clinical measures; more No. 1 ratings than any other health plan in the country.

The data show that Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States achieved No. 1 ratings in the following areas:

  • Breast Cancer Screening
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care – Blood Pressure Control (<140/90)
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care – Eye Exams
  • Controlling High Blood Pressure
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Annual Monitoring for Patients on Persistent Medications – Digoxin
  • Adult BMI Assessment
  • Immunizations for Adolescents – Combination 2
  • Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents – Counseling for Nutrition (12-17 years)
  • Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents – BMI Percentile (three total measures)
  • Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents – Counseling for Physical Activity (three total measures)

“We are honored to be recognized for the best-in-the-nation care that we provide to more than 700,000 members throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia,” said Kim Horn, president of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. “These rankings are a testament to the passion that drives all of us at Kaiser Permanente to help our members live healthier lives.”

The annual Quality Compass data assesses the performance of nearly 400 Private/Commercial health plans nationwide spanning all lines of business on critical clinical quality and service standards. The annual Quality Compass database includes scores from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, or HEDIS, a tool that is used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service, including medication management, maternal care and respiratory conditions.

The source for data contained in this publication is Quality Compass® 2017 and is used with the permission of the NCQA. Quality Compass 2017 includes certain CAHPS data. Any data display, analysis, interpretation or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors, and NCQA specifically disclaims responsibility for any such display, analysis, interpretation or conclusion. Quality Compass is a registered trademark of NCQA. CAHPS® is a registered trademark of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

About the National Committee for Quality Assurance
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes clinicians in key clinical areas. NCQA’s HEDIS® is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (www.ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

About Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States
Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States region, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, provides and coordinates complete health care services for more than 700,000 members through 32 medical centers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1980, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is a total health organization comprising Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., and the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C., an independent medical group that features nearly 1,500 physicians. For more information about Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, visit kp.org or follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/KPMidAtlantic, or Facebook, www.facebook.com/kpthrive.