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October 29, 2013 > Kaiser earns top Medicare rating

Kaiser earns top Medicare rating

Submitted By Jessie R. Mangaliman

Only one health plan in California merits the maximum 5-star rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for excellence in care and service.

Kaiser Permanente recently announced that its Medicare plans in California again have received an overall rating of 5 stars for parts C and D, the highest rating possible from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Through the Medicare Star Quality Rating System, CMS assigns scores of 1 to 5 stars to Medicare plans based on more than 50 care and service quality measures across nine categories including staying healthy, managing chronic conditions, member satisfaction, customer service, and pharmacy services.

For the first time, all of Kaiser PermanenteÕs Medicare health plans have earned 5 stars. The 5-star rating applies to Kaiser PermanenteÕs 2014 Medicare health plans that operate in California, Hawaii, Colorado, Georgia, Mid-Atlantic States (Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia) and Northwest (Oregon and Washington).

Medicare beneficiaries can learn more about the Medicare Star Quality Ratings and Kaiser PermanenteÕs Medicare plans by visiting www.kp.org/medicarestars, www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan, or by calling Kaiser Permanente at 1 (855) 817-5831.

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