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Medica Receives Highest Possible Accreditation Status for Commercial and Medicaid Plans From the Prestigious NCQA

Medica Receives Highest Possible Accreditation Status for Commercial and Medicaid Plans From the Prestigious NCQA

MINNETONKA, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/13/05 -- Medica has again been awarded the highest possible accreditation status, Excellent, by the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA®) for its Minnesota Medicaid HMO and the commercial health plans it provides to Minnesotans, Wisconsinites, and North and South Dakotans.

Medica's commercial health plans cover more than 1,027,000 individuals, while Medica's Medicaid HMO provides health coverage to more than 131,000 people.

"This health plan is committed to continuous pursuit of the highest standards," said Dr. Charles Fazio, Medica's chief medical officer and director for quality. "We consider the Excellent status a baseline measure for the quality of our care management and clinical and administrative programs."

In its assessment report, NCQA gave Medica the highest ratings possible in areas that go to the heart of what consumers and employers want most from a health plan:

--  Access and service
--  Qualified providers
--  Improving the health of its members
    

Medica also received high ratings for programs aimed at helping members stay healthy and living with chronic illnesses.

NCQA reviews are rigorous, done by independent teams of physicians and managed care experts, with a national oversight committee of physicians analyzing the findings and assigning an accreditation level. Medica was evaluated for both the commercial and SPP health plans.

According to the NCQA, its accreditation is important for consumers and employers, and for physicians and other health care providers because it evaluates how well a health plan manages quality throughout every part of its delivery system.

About NCQA

NCQA, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care, is widely recognized as the most trusted source for information about the quality of the nation's managed care organizations. Its Excellent accreditation is reserved for those health plans that deliver the highest level of care and service, and whose clinical and administrative systems far exceed NCQA's rigorous requirements for consumer protection and quality improvement. For more health care quality information, or for details on the accreditation status of health plans, go to www.ncqa.org or call 202-955-5697.

About Medica

Medica (www.medica.com) is Minnesota's largest HMO, largest PPO and leading non-profit and independent provider of health plans. Medica has 1.2 million members and 24,000 providers in a regional health care network service area that includes 98 percent of Minnesotans and a growing number of adjoining counties in Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. It opened a Duluth regional office in 1996. Medica also offers national network coverage to employers who also have employees outside the Medica regional network.

Medica has the highest accreditation status, Excellent, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA®) for its Minnesota and North Dakota Medicaid HMO plans and commercial health plans. Medica's vision is to become the community's health plan of choice, trusted for its integrity, respected for its service, and admired for its commitment to innovation and efficiency.

For more information, contact:
Greg Bury, Medica
(952) 992-8437
Cellular: (612) 810-4556
E-mail: [email protected]

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