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Kaiser Permanente Leads the Nation in 12 Quality Measures

Mon, 10/11/2010 - 11:32am
Bio-Medicine.Org

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente leads the nation among all reporting commercial health plans with top marks in 12 quality measures. These conclusions were based on information in the 2010 National Committee for Quality Assurance's Quality Compass® data.

Kaiser Permanente received top marks for:

  • Breast cancer screening
  • Weight assessment for children-BMI
  • Appropriate treatment for children with upper respiratory infection
  • Diabetes – medical attention for nephropathy
  • Diabetes – blood pressure control, 130/80
  • Diabetes – LDL control less than 100 mg/dl
  • Antidepressant medication management (continuation phase)
  • Antidepressant medication management (acute phase)
  • Appropriate use of medications for people with asthma (ages 12-50)
  • Chlamydia screening
  • Counseling for nutrition for children
  • Counseling for physical activity for children

The NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

"Kaiser Permanente is committed to providing the highest quality care to our members and patients, including medication and specialty care, chronic disease management, immunizations and timely screenings," said Jed Weissberg, MD, senior vice president, Quality and Care Delivery Excellence, Kaiser Permanente. "The Quality Compass data validates our great accomplishments in this area, and helps to provide consumers with the important information they need to make informed choices about their health care."

NCQA data provides evidence-based measures that reflect the quality of health plans and are the most widely used set of measures reflecting ambulatory clinical quality in the United States. Kaiser Permanente uses NCQA data to set numeric targets to improve performance and monitor standards of care. Kaiser Permanente's nation-leading scores in 1

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