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Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i Medicare Plan Top 10 Nationally for Cancer Screening, Diabetes Care

January 30, 2020, 11:21 AM HST
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Kaiser Permanente. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi’s Medicare plan performed in the top 10 nationally on several measures of quality care, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance Quality Compass report.

Out of more than 300 Medicare health plans nationally, Kaiser Permanente was a top performer in 12 measures of care, including: breast cancer screening, colorectal cancer screening and comprehensive diabetes care — glucose testing.

Additionally, Kaiser Permanente was the highest performer in the state for 28 measures of care, including: colorectal cancer screening, comprehensive diabetes care relating to blood pressure control, osteoporosis management, and avoidance of opioids at high dosage.

“We’re proud to be recognized for the high level of care we provide our Medicare patients,” said Linda Puu, RN, vice president of quality, safety and care experience at Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi. “Our focus on preventive care and chronic disease management is particularly important for keeping our kupuna healthy and helping everyone in our community thrive.”

Kaiser Permanente serves more than 32,000 Medicare members in Hawaiʻi who are age 65 and older or who have a disability that qualifies for Medicare. It is the only plan in Hawaiʻi to receive five out of five stars, the highest possible rating, in a report of plan performance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for 2020.

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