NCQA releases the 2015-2016 Health Insurance Plan Ratings

DANVILLE, PA - Geisinger Health Plan's HMO, Geisinger Choice's PPO and Geisinger Gold's HMO are rated among the top private and Medicare health plans for quality and service by the National Committee for Quality Assurance's (NCQA) annual Health Insurance Plan ratings.* All three plans received a 4.5 rating on a scale of 5.

"It's an honor be recognized as one of the highest-rated health plans nationally," says GHP President and CEO Steven Youso. "Our employees work hard to make a healthy difference in the lives of our members. This rating is a testament to the dedication employees have to making sure our members have the preventive services they need to stay healthy and the care they need to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma."

NCQA began ranking plans in 2005. This year, NCQA changed the methodology and adopted an overall "rating" on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 as the highest score. The rating is based on consumer satisfaction, preventive care, treatment, as well as NCQA accreditation. The information is available on NCQA's website,  www.ncqa.org.

"When a plan is highly rated plan like Geisinger Health Plan, it means our members receive better care," says John Bulger, D.O., MBA, chief medical officer. "We know how important health is to your family. That's why we collaborate with physicians to make sure parents remain on medications to prevent future heart attacks, children see their physicians regularly and receive immunizations to keep them healthy, and grandparents receive the care and support they need to help manage chronic conditions."

About Geisinger Health Plan

Geisinger Health Plan, begun in 1985, is headquartered in Danville, Pennsylvania. The plan serves more than 510,000 members in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and West Virginia. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, Medicare beneficiaries, Children's Health Insurance Program and Medical Assistance recipients. For more information, please visit TheHealthPlan.com.

About the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes clinicians in key clinical areas. NCQA's HEDIS® is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA's web site (www.ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

*NCQA's Private and Medicare Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2015-2016. Geisinger Choice is listed in NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings under Geisinger Quality Options. Geisinger Gold HMO is listed in NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings under Geisinger Health Plan.