Two Maryland HMOs in magazine's top 10


October 08, 1997

Two Maryland HMOs made the top 10 rankings published this week in U.S. News & World Report.

Columbia Medical Plan was eighth and Kaiser Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic ninth in the magazine's second annual list, with four-star rankings.

The rankings are based on data collected by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, which accredits HMOs. The NCQA publishes its information, but does not combine data to produce rankings. U.S. News uses figures on 17 measures, such as the rate of children receiving recommended immunizations and percentage of physicians who are board certified.

The magazine gave three-star rankings, signifying above-average scores, to Principal Health Care of Delaware and NYLCare of the Mid-Atlantic, both of which operate in Maryland.

Receiving two stars, for below-average scores, were CareFirst/FreeState, Mid Atlantic Medical Services Inc., George Washington University Health Plan, CIGNA Health Care of the Mid Atlantic, and Aetna Health Plans of the Mid-Atlantic.

Prudential Healthcare-Mid Atlantic received one star.

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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