SOURCE: Office of the Patient Advocate

September 12, 2005 18:00 ET

State Issues HMO Report Card Grades Today

SACRAMENTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 12, 2005 --

WHAT:  What kind of care can California's 12 million commercial HMO members
       expect from their HMO? That question will be answered this afternoon
       when the state's Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) issues its
       2005 HMO Report Card.

       In addition to looking at performance and customer satisfaction for
       the state's ten largest HMOs, the OPA will also discuss trends
       showing how HMOs have improved or slipped in their performance over
       the last three years.

WHO:   -- Ed Mendoza, Acting Director, Office of Patient Advocate
       -- Dr. John Zweifler, Medical Consultant to OPA
       -- Dr. Dean Blumberg, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, UC Davis
          Medical Center
       -- Shelley Rouillard, Program Director Health Rights Hotline


WHEN:  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1:30 P.M.

WHERE: California State Capitol
       Governor's Press Room, Room 1190
       Sacramento, California

PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES

       -- Unveiling of a large format Report Card that provides a simple
          visual of how each of the state's top 10 HMOs have performed

       -- Dialogue between state officials, physicians and health advocates
          about how the report card serves Californians and prompts the
          health care industry to be more accountable.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Muriel Miller
    Brown·Miller Communications
    (800) 710-9333
    On-site during press conference:
    (707) 333-6104 or (925) 381-4766