SOURCE: HealthPartners

March 16, 2006 15:17 ET

U.S. News & World Report/NCQA Cites Errors in Health Plan Ranking

Revised Ranking Puts HealthPartners Among Top 50 Plans Nationwide

BLOOMINGTON, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 16, 2006 -- HealthPartners moved up in ranking after the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a non-profit group that collects and analyzes performance data from health plans, unintentionally gave more weight to certain items and less to others while analyzing managed-care plans.

Out of 257 ranked health care plans, HealthPartners is now the only Minnesota health plan in the top 50 nationwide. HealthPartners Medicare Advantage Plan is now ranked 11th in the nation according to the report. HealthPartners commercial plan is the top-rated plan in Minnesota and is ranked among the top five in the region.

U.S. News & World Report/NCQA America's Best Health Plans 2005 compared the quality of care and customer satisfaction for more than 450 commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans from across the nation. The revised rankings, based on clinical quality, member satisfaction and NCQA accreditation, are featured in the March 13, 2006 edition of U.S. News & World Report. NCQA takes full responsibility for their error and U.S. News & World Report apologized as well.

The print-edition of the magazine identifies the top 50 commercial plans and top 25 Medicare and Medicaid plans in the nation. The online edition at identifies all plans' rankings and includes detailed information about each plan's performance in selected areas. HealthPartners scored higher than the national average on measures for diabetes, depression, asthma care and cancer screening.

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HealthPartners ( is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with commercial and Medicare Advantage plans that received the highest rating of "Excellent" from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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