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NCQA releases 2011 State of Health Care Quality report

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The National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) released their 2011 State of Health Care report which examined quality data from more than 1,000 health plans that collectively cover 118 million Americans, or two-fifths of the U.S. population. The report strives to report on documented performance trends over time, tracking variations in care and offers recommendations in quality improvements.

This year’s report’s findings include:

  • Medicare outperforms commercial plans on several intermediate outcome and process measures.
  • Medicaid performance tends to be worse than commercial or Medicare performance.
  • Childhood immunizations are still down in commercial health plans but are holding steady in Medicaid.

Results of the NCQA’s annual State of Health Care report indicated that while quality measures overall remained static from 2009 to 2010, some significant gains were made by preferred provider organizations (PPOs).

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