Kaiser Permanente in both Northern and Southern California also received four stars in the Members Rate their HMO category, which measures patient satisfaction with their care and service.
The 2012 report card (online at www.opa.ca.gov/report_card) provides California consumers side-by-side comparisons of the nine largest health plans in the state, ranking them on national standard-of-care measures that involve treatment of a range of acute and chronic conditions, and preventive care that has long-term implications on personal health.
“Kaiser Permanente is consistently recognized for providing high-quality health care and is frequently cited as a model for the future of health care,” said Gregory A. Adams, president of Kaiser Permanente Health Plan/Hospitals, Inc. in Northern California. “Our model of care, based on prevention, coordination, integrated electronic medical records and prepayment rather than fee-for-service, creates a strong foundation for delivering high-quality, affordable and accessible health care.”
This year, Kaiser Permanente in Northern California earned four stars in eight of the nine report-card categories for clinical care, including asthma and lung care, checking for cancer, diabetes care, heart care, maternity care and mental health.
“To provide superior medical treatment in the 21st century, you need the best physicians, the most advanced technology and excellence across all disciplines: primary care, specialty care, outpatient and inpatient care,” said Dr. Robert Pearl, executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group. “Based on this report and our No. 1 ranking by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Kaiser Permanente is the best in California in these areas and in the very top echelon of health care programs in the country. This report demonstrates some of the reasons our patients have a 30 percent lower chance of dying from heart disease and stroke than patients treated in the communities around us.”
The 2012 OPA ratings follow several other recent honors received by Kaiser Permanente: Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Medicare Plan was rated best in the country in the NCQA’s 2011 health plan rankings. In all, seven of Kaiser’s Permanente’s eight regions around the country were ranked in the Top 20 for Medicare Plans.
Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare plans in California received an overall rating of five stars for parts C and D, the highest rating available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for 2012.