Report Cards Offer Snapshot Of Quality For California Consumers
With the report cards, the state provided an assessment of health plans and medical groups in such areas as effectiveness in diagnosing and treating health conditions, including diabetes, mental health and pediatric care.
New Report Cards Grade California Health Plans And Medical Groups
Some health plans and medical groups received grades you wouldn't want to bring home to your parents. The poor grades are found in this year's edition of the annual report cards from the California Office of the Patient Advocate. The 2016 report cards rate California’s 10 biggest HMOs and five largest PPOs in the areas of clinical performance and patient experience. Both the Sharp Health plan and Kaiser Permanente earned high marks this year. In contrast, Aetna got the worst marks of any HMO. (Goldberg, 10/24)
California Office Of Patient Advocate Offers Online Ratings Of Health Plans
Health consumers in the central San Joaquin Valley will choose health plans during open enrollment season this fall, and California’s Office of the Patient Advocate has an online ratings tool that can help them make the best decisions. The state rated the 10 largest health maintenance organizations (HMO), five largest preferred provider organizations (PPO) and more than 200 commercial medical groups. The Health Care Quality Report Card offers a side-by-side comparison of health plans on quality and patient experience. The tool also provides medical group cost ratings. (Anderson, 10/24)
California Releases Latest ‘Report Cards’ On Health Plans, Doctor Groups
“Health care is complicated, but it’s important,” said Elizabeth Abbott, director of the OPA. “A lot of consumers are afraid to pick health plans; it’s intimidating.” The goal of the agency’s report cards, she said, is to make that process less daunting. (Ibarra, 10/24)