Five Michigan HMOs earn high marks in new report

Five HMOs in Michigan are ranked in the top 50 commercial plans nationally, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Health Plans in 2008.

Three of the top five commercial plans are based in Southeast Michigan. They are Priority Health, Farmington Hills; HealthPlus of Michigan, Troy; and Health Alliance Plan of Michigan, Detroit. The other two are Grand Valley Health Plan and Physicians Health Plan of Mid-Michigan.

“This reflects well on our industry as a whole in Michigan,” said David Crosby, CEO of HealthPlus and chair of the Michigan Association of Health Plans, in a statement. “Our HMOs are well aware of the importance of making sure our patients are highly satisfied with the service they receive from their plan.”

The health plans were ranked according to clinical performance, member satisfaction and accreditation by the National Committee on Quality Assurance.

Two Michigan HMOs — HAP and HealthPlus — were ranked in the top 25 for Medicare plans. Four were in the top 25 for Medicaid plans: Priority Health, Health Plan of Michigan, Upper Peninsula Health Plan and Great Lakes Health Plan in Southfield.

Michigan ranked third among the states in the number of health plans earning recognition, behind only Massachusetts and New York.

“We are extremely proud of the performance record of Michigan’s health plans,” said Richard Murdock, MAHP’s executive director.

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