February 6, 2020

Hawaii Medicare plan top 10 performer nationally

The National Committee for Quality Assurance Quality Compass report recognized Kaiser Permanente’s plan in Hawaii for several measures of quality care.

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Contact: Laura M. Lott
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HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s Medicare plan performed in the top 10 nationally on several measures of quality care, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance Quality Compass® report.

Out of more than 300 Medicare health plans nationally, Kaiser Permanente was a top performer in 15 measures of care, including breast cancer screening, colorectal cancer screening, and comprehensive diabetes care — glucose testing. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente was the highest performer in the state for 34 measures of care, including colorectal cancer screening, comprehensive diabetes care relating to blood pressure control, osteoporosis management, and avoidance of opioids at high dosage. 

“We’re proud to be recognized for the high level of care we provide our Medicare patients,” said Linda Puu, RN, vice president of quality, safety, and care experience at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. “Our focus on preventive care and chronic disease management is particularly important for keeping our ‘kupuna’ healthy and helping everyone in our community thrive,” Puu said, using the Hawaiian word for “elders”.

Kaiser Permanente serves more than 32,000 Medicare members in Hawaii who are age 65 and older or who have a disability that qualifies for Medicare. It is the only plan in Hawaii to receive 5 out of 5 stars, the highest possible rating, in a report of plan performance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for 2020.

Kaiser Permanente 2019 HEDIS® scores are benchmarks provided by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Quality Compass® and represent all lines of business. Kaiser Permanente combined region scores were provided by the Kaiser Permanente Department of Care and Service Quality. The source for data contained in this publication is Quality Compass 2019 and is used with the permission of NCQA. Quality Compass 2019 includes certain Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or CAHPS, data. Any data display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors, and NCQA specifically disclaims responsibility for any such display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion. Quality Compass® and HEDIS® are registered trademarks of NCQA. CAHPS® is a registered trademark of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

About 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 (HEDISÒ) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.