SOURCE: HealthPartners

August 23, 2007 15:15 ET

First Federal Report on Quality, Efficiency Cites HealthPartners as a Model

BLOOMINGTON, MN--(Marketwire - August 23, 2007) - A new federal report highlights HealthPartners as one of the best examples in the nation of what health plans can do to promote quality and efficiency. The National Business Coalition on Health released the "eValue8™ Cornerstone Report," one year after President Bush traveled to Minnesota to sign an Executive Order to promote transparency and quality health care.

The Cornerstone Report's conclusion on page 23 states that "Two of the health plans that consistently get the highest eValue8 scores each year are HealthPartners and Kaiser Permanente." In the report, HealthPartners president and CEO, Mary Brainerd said information technology is one example of how health plans can provide better value.

"We find that our patients like the fact that electronic health information helps them get lab test results quickly and allows them to keep track of their health care issues," Brainerd commented. "When patients have the choice of being able to access and use health care information in person, on the phone, or online, they want to have the choice just as they do in every other aspect of their lives."

About the Four Cornerstones

The Cornerstone Report is the first-ever comparison of America's health plans in providing physician and hospital quality and price information. It is part of a commitment by U.S. employers and the federal government to promote transparency and the adoption of information technology by implementing Four Cornerstones:

Health Information Technology -- Using technology to share medical records securely.

Reporting on Quality -- Public reporting on the performance of doctors, hospitals and other providers.

Reporting on Prices -- Public reporting about the prices and costs of medical services.

Incentives for Quality and Value -- Providing incentives for quality and value in health services.

HealthPartners was among the Minnesota businesses that signed support for the initiative in March. The Cornerstone Report can be found at http://www.nbch.org/

About HealthPartners

Founded in 1957, HealthPartners (www.healthpartners.com) serves more than one million medical and dental health plan members nationwide and is the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation, providing care, coverage, research and education to improve the health of members, patients and the community.

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