DENVER — “Having a stroke isn’t how I envisioned my Mother’s Day going,” said Sharon Matthies, a long-time Kaiser Permanente member in Colorado.
In May, Matthies was sitting in her living room with her husband when she noticed something wasn’t quite right.
“I knew right away what it was. My left arm was limp and I knew the signs and symptoms of a stroke. I sought medical attention as fast as I could,” said Matthies.
Thanks to her care team, Matthies was eventually diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, an irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow and can cause a stroke.
Matthies worked hand-in-hand with her clinical pharmacy specialist, Alison Quinn, PharmD., to decide on the medications that would best suit her needs. Quinn specializes in pharmacogenomics — the study of how genes affect a person’s response to pharmaceuticals.
“I really think this saved me from having another stroke. The peace of mind Alison gave me and the care I received was beyond any rating I could give,” said Matthies.
Matthies’ experience is common among Kaiser Permanente members and is one example why Kaiser Permanente consistently rates among the nation’s top health plans for delivering high-quality care and service. In fact, “NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2018-2019” lists Kaiser Permanente as having the state’s top-rated Commercial (private) plan earning a 4.5 out 5 rating and Medicare health plan earning a 5 out of 5 rating.
The report, published today, rates more than 1,000 health plans, including Medicare, and Private (Commercial), on a 0-to-5 scale, with 5 being the best. Ratings are based on data collected, analyzed and converted to scores by the NCQA.
For more information or to view the full list of plans, please visit: ncqa.org
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