Scott & White Health Plan is Texas and Regional Leader in NCQA Health Insurance Plan Rankings

TEMPLE, Texas, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott & White Health Plan leads all health plans in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in national rankings for Medicare HMO products and private health insurance.

According to the NCQA (National Committee for Quality Insurance) Private Health Insurance Plan and Medicare Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2012-2013, Scott & White is the highest-ranked Medicare HMO in Texas, with a national rank of 44. SWHP is also the highest-ranked private HMO in Texas, with a national rank of 161. The rankings mean Scott & White Health Plan leads in a seven state region spanning parts of the South and Southwest.

The rankings are based on evaluations of 474 private Health Insurance Plans and 395 Medicare Health Insurance Plans nationally.  The NCQA rankings are based on a combination of effectiveness of clinical care, member satisfaction and NCQA Accreditation. NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings for 2012-2013 used the agency's established rankings methodology, which has been used and widely recognized since 2005. 

Scott & White Health Plan's consistent performance over the past several years in disease prevention and treatment initiatives and patient access and satisfaction, contributed to its ranking as the leading provider for both Medicare HMO and private insurance in the state.

"It is gratifying to receive these recognitions," said Allan Einboden, president and chief executive officer of Scott & White Health Plan. "But the real honor is in knowing we have provided a level of service to our members that helped them achieve and maintain healthier lifestyles and receive high quality patient care." 

As a not-for-profit HMO, Scott & White Health Plan has invested in the communities it serves by delivering programs such as screenings, well child exams, and disease management consults. It has also worked to advance medical care for its members through quality measurement and improvement initiatives.

"We are constantly looking for ways to translate our quality data into services that will assist us in achieving our ultimate objective: building healthy communities," said Einboden. "It is how Scott & White Health Plan will contribute to the transformation of the present state of health care in the U.S."

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA's Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care.

About Scott & White Health Plan:

Scott & White Health Plan (SWHP), affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare, began operation in January of 1982 as a not-for profit Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).   Scott & White Health Plan eventually evolved into a vast health care network covering over 226,000 members (across all products) in seventy-one (71) counties, with thirty-six (36) participating hospitals, and over 3,000 physicians in Central, West, and East Texas.  In 2003, the Insurance Company of Scott and White was formed as a wholly owned Health and Accident Insurance Company subsidiary of Scott and White Health Plan.   Both Scott &White Health Plan and the Insurance Company of Scott& White have always had as their principal location offices in Temple, Texas. 

SOURCE Scott & White Health Plan