Kaiser rated top nationally for prevention, health promotion

Kaiser Permanente Colorado ranked top in the nation for best performance in prevention and health promotion, according to a new survey of employers released by the nonprofit National Business Coalition on Health.

“At Kaiser Permanente, prevention is in our DNA,” said Eric Harker, MD, medical director for prevention services. “Eating right, exercising regularly, staying up to date on preventive screenings and staying away from harmful habits like smoking can have tremendous impacts on health.”

The 2013 eValue8 survey is an annual assessment used by employers and coalitions to manage the quality and efficiency of  health plans. The Colorado Business Group on Health is one of several statewide coalitions to participate in the project.

“We use the information collected in the eValue8 survey to judge and track health plans’ outcomes and their approach to their Colorado customers,” said Bob Jamieson, president of Colorado Business Group on Health.

Health plans are ranked by eValue8 based on results from a national survey of health plans. Kaiser Permanente Colorado received the top score in the nation in prevention and health promotion, which includes cancer screenings, immunization programs, tobacco cessation programs, weight management, obstetrics, health promotion, worksite wellness and health assessments.

This year, Kaiser Permanente also received the “Best Value” recognition in Colorado for diabetes care factors for both private plans and Medicare. In addition, NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014 lists Kaiser as the top Medicare plan in Colorado and fourth in the nation. This is the fifth year in a row Kaiser has been among the top five Medicare plans in the U.S.