Kaiser earns top ranking from national health survey group

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OAKLAND – Kaiser Permanente Northern California Medicare and commercial health plans earned a five-out-of-five rating by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in a report released Friday.

The region’s health plan was among nine Medicare plans to receive a five rating out of nearly 400 plans that were rated. NCQA Health Plan Ratings for 2015-16, graded health plans for consumer experience, prevention and treatment.

The company’s commercial health plan was one of only 11 plans, among nearly 500 rated, to get a five rating.

The ratings come on the heels of 54 of Kaiser Permanente’s medical centers and medical office buildings being recognized by NCQA as Patient-Centered Medical Homes with Level 3 status, the highest level possible. Those facilities included each facility in the Central Valley where primary care physicians practice.

The local facilities in Modesto, Manteca, Stockton and Tracy all earned the group’s top Medical Homes ranking.

“We are extremely proud of the results from NCQA because for us, they underscore our commitment to total health for all of our members,” Gregory A. Adams, group president and regional president, Northern California Region, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan said in a press release. “We know that this recognition is a result of the dedication of our care teams who deliver the highest level of quality care and service possible.”

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