Network Health Plan rated among “America’s Best Health Plans”
Menasha health plan ranks 31st in nation by U.S. News & World Report
12 / 03 / 2008
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
MENASHA, Wis. – For the fourth consecutive year, Network Health Plan (NHP) has earned national recognition by U.S News & World Report and National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and is listed 31st in the 2008-09 America’s Best Health Plan, which is up from 37th in 2007.
The results are released today at www.usnews.com/healthplans and will be featured in next week’s issue of U.S. News & World Report, which will be on newsstands Monday, Nov. 10.
“This ranking is evidence of the continuous effort Network Health Plan is making to provide the best plans along with the quality health care to back it up,” President of NHP, Shelia Jenkins said. “We are honored to be a part of the ranking and proud of our continued improvement.”
NHP’s ranking is based on clinical quality, member satisfaction and NCQA Accreditation scores.
“We are constantly striving to provide the exceptional care that our members have come to expect and this type of recognition demonstrates the commitment of our employees and providers to deliver on that promise,” Jenkins said.
NCQA is an independent, non-profit organization that assesses and reports on the quality of the nation’s managed care plans. The following categories were used to report data:
Consumer Experience: Measures about consumer experience with getting care, as well as satisfaction with plan physicians and with health plan services.
Prevention: Measures of how often preventive services are provided (e.g., childhood and adolescent immunizations, women’s reproductive health and cancer screenings), as well as measures of children and adolescents access to primary and preventive visits.
Treatment: Measures of how well health plans take care of people who have health problems, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, alcohol and drug dependence, mental illness and whether physicians advised smokers to quit.
The print issue of U.S. News & World Report will list the top 50 commercial health plans. Full rankings will be available online at www.usnews.com.
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For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.