WALLINGFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For a third consecutive year, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut has been recognized as one of the Top 50 ranking commercial health plans in the nation, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in its Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-14. In addition, for the second year, Anthem’s HMO commercial heath plan in Connecticut is the highest ranked plan in the state.
According to the NCQA’s findings, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut’s HMO plan ranked first among the 11 private insurers in the state and ranked 29th among 484 commercial HMO and PPO plans nationwide. The plan improved both its rank and score over last year.
NCQA annually issues separate national rankings of private, Medicare and Medicaid health plans which submit data to be evaluated in the areas of consumer satisfaction, disease prevention and treatment. Anthem’s HMO plan received the highest possible scores in the areas of customer service and prevention and second highest score in the area of treatment. Across these measures and factoring in other components, the plan scored 87.1 points out of a possible 100 points.
“The rankings help guide some of our decision making so that we can continuously improve our health plans and the value we provide to our customers,” said David R. Fusco, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut. “This is especially important as Americans seek greater value in their health benefits. We are very proud that we are again recognized as the highest ranking commercial HMO plan in the state.”
To be eligible for rankings, health plans must authorize public release of their performance information and submit enough data for statistically valid analysis. NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-14 used NCQA’s established rankings methodology, which has been used and widely recognized since 2005.
“The rankings serve as a litmus test for customers to evaluate various health plans,” Fusco said, adding, “At Anthem, we are committed to making quality health care more accessible and affordable for our members – and a greater reality for our communities. Every day our Connecticut associates come to work with this in mind. Our strong performance demonstrates this and our members’ health depends on it.”
Anthem currently holds Excellent Accreditation with NCQA for its HMO point-of-service plan and has earned Quality Plus Distinction in Member Connections and Care Management and Health Improvement.
For more information on NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014 visit www.ncqa.org
About the National Committee for Quality Assurance
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care.
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut
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