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All 2022 Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plans earn the highest rating -- 5 out of 5 stars - 10/08/21

All 2022 Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plans earned the highest rating — 5 out of 5 stars — for excellent care and member experience.

The Medicare health plan in every region we serve has received a 5-star rating — the highest possible — from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for 2022.

CMS’ Medicare Part C (health plan) and Part D (drug plan) Star Rating system is designed to allow Medicare-eligible individuals to compare Medicare health plans based on quality and performance. Plans that receive 5 out of 5 stars in the annual ratings are recognized as excellent, providing expert medicine, seamless care, and outstanding service to their Medicare health plan members.

Our 2022 plans in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, the mid-Atlantic states (Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.), the Northwest (Oregon and Southwest Washington), and Washington state all received 5 out of 5 stars.

“These ratings affirm our standing as one of the finest health care organizations in the country and represent the excellent care provided by our highly skilled physicians, nurses, clinicians, and front-line staff,” said Nancy Gin, MD, executive vice president and chief quality officer for The Permanente Federation, the national umbrella organization for the more than 23,000 physicians who provide care to Kaiser Permanente’s members. “We are dedicated to providing high-quality care for our Medicare health plan members and helping them live full, active lives.”

Consistently a top choice

Kaiser Permanente first earned the distinction of 5-star ratings for all of its Medicare health plans in 2014. This is also the 11th consecutive year all Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plans have been rated 4.5 stars or higher. Kaiser Permanente provides care to nearly 1.8 million Medicare health plan members in 8 states and the District of Columbia.

“Kaiser Permanente is proud to provide, year after year, the highest quality health care and service, which is what our Medicare health plan members expect and deserve,” said Andrew Bindman, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer for Kaiser Permanente. “From the moment our Medicare health plan members choose Kaiser Permanente for their care and coverage, we work diligently to provide an exceptional, coordinated care experience, and this distinction is a reflection of those efforts.”

Every year, CMS rates all Medicare Advantage health plans (Parts C and D) on multiple facets of care and service, including chronic conditions management, health maintenance, patient experience, customer service, and pharmacy services. Kaiser Permanente’s excellent plan ratings demonstrate the value of our integrated health care delivery system, which brings a myriad of services together, in many cases all under one roof, and puts our patients at the center of care.

Enrolling in a Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plan

Medicare-eligible people can enroll in individual Medicare Advantage and Part D plans during the Medicare open enrollment period, which begins on October 15 and runs through December 7, 2021. Medicare-eligible individuals who have a 5-star Medicare health plan available in their area can also take advantage of a special enrollment period that runs from December 8, 2021, through November 30, 2022. During that time, they can join or switch to a plan with a 5-star quality rating (one plan change allowed per special enrollment period).

Medicare beneficiaries can learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s highly rated Medicare health plans and historical star ratings by visiting kp.org/medicarestars.
 

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve approximately 12.5 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.

Unvaccinated pregnant women face increased risks from COVID-19.
Unvaccinated pregnant women face increased risks from COVID-19.
CDC alert: Pregnant women need Covid-19 vaccines (Photo) - 10/04/21

PORTLAND, Ore. (October 4, 2021): As the pandemic continues, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and doctors at Kaiser Permanente urge pregnant women to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Unvaccinated pregnant women face increased risks from COVID-19, and are also at increased risk of other adverse pregnancy outcomes. In recent weeks, infections have been increasing among pregnant individuals.

Pregnancy is considered an underlying health condition, and data shows all three COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women. Yet less than a third of pregnant women have been vaccinated, according to the CDC. At this point in the pandemic, over 120,000 pregnant people in the US have had COVID-19 infections. 

“We know that individuals who are pregnant or were recently pregnant are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people with COVID-19,” said Dr. Emily West, OBGYN with Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Ore. “If you are pregnant and have COVID, you are more than twice as likely to need ICU admission and ventilation then a person with COVID that is not pregnant."

We also know that pregnant women with COVID-19 are at increased risk of preterm birth and might be at increased risk of other adverse pregnancy outcomes.

“Pregnant patients with COVID-19 have increased risks for heart attack, blood clots, high blood pressure, stillbirth and preterm delivery. Sometimes their COVID-19 illness can be so severe that delivery is recommended for the health of the patient and baby. The consequences of COVID-19 in pregnancy can be significant, and we have seen this with our patients in our own hospitals.”

The good news is, we know that COVID-19 vaccination significantly reduces the risk of a pregnant person contracting COVID-19. Vaccination of pregnant people also builds antibodies that can help protect their baby.

Vaccination for pregnant individuals is strongly recommended by the CDC and many other medical groups, and this includes people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future.

Interviews available:
Interviews with Dr. Emily West, OBGYN at Kaiser Permanente Northwest, are available upon request from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4.

ABOUT KAISER PERMANENTE 
For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.

For more information, please visit: about.kaiserpermanente.org