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Consumer Reports Ranks Johns Hopkins Insurance Programs as Among the Best in Maryland - 10/07/2011

Consumer Reports Ranks Johns Hopkins Insurance Programs as Among the Best in Maryland

Release Date: October 7, 2011

The Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan (USFHP), a Department of Defense-sponsored managed care plan, was ranked by Consumer Reports as the best private health insurer in Maryland, while Priority Partners, a joint venture between Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC and the Maryland Community Health System, placed as the state’s top Medicaid health plan. In addition, Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs (EHP) — a self-funded health plan currently serving over 50,000 members in Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia —  was ranked the state’s fourth best out of a total of 14 insurers listed by Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports analyzed 830 health care plans ranked by an independent, nonprofit, quality measurement organization called the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This is the second year that Consumer Reports is publishing NCQA’s rankings, which examined insurance plans in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including 540 HMOs, 285 PPOs, and five HMOs and PPOs whose owners operate them separately but combine their results. They include plans for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, as well as private plans serving employers and individuals. Together, these plans enroll an estimated 127 million Americans. 

“It is a great honor and we are very proud to be recognized by Consumers Reports and ranked among the top plans in the country and in our state,” says Patricia M.C. Brown, Esq., president of the Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC and Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs. “With this recognition comes the responsibility to continue maintaining the high quality that our members expect from us.” 

The rankings were based on an overall combined score range of 1 to 100 (higher is better) points.  The total score was partially determined by numeric values that were assigned in the rankings’ categories of consumer satisfaction, and treatment and prevention.  NCQA accredited programs were given an extra 15 points in their evaluation, but, according to Consumer Reports, the extra points do not necessarily guarantee that quality care is provided by those plans. 

Nationally, Johns Hopkins USFHP, a managed care program for military retirees and active-duty family members of the seven uniformed services, ranked 23 out of 390 listed insurers, and Priority Partners was ranked 33 out of 99 in the category of Medicaid health plan.

For more information on the Consumer Reports go to http://www.consumerreports.org/health/insurance/private-hmo-1.htm

Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan
The US Family Health Plan (USFHP or the Plan) is a managed care program sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD).  As designated TRICARE Prime providers under a DoD contract, the Plan offers comprehensive health care benefits to military retirees, active-duty family members, and survivors.

The US Family Health Plan has a long history of service to members of the seven uniformed services and their families. In the late 1700s, Congress established the Marine Hospital Service for seamen. Hospitals were located throughout the country, including Baltimore, Md. In the 1950s, the Baltimore Marine Hospital became the Baltimore U.S. Public Health Service Hospital and served both military and civilian populations. In the early 1980s, legislation allowed the transfer of the Public Health hospital to Wyman Park Health System. Later in that decade, Johns Hopkins acquired Wyman Park, which subsequently (along with six other Public Health Hospitals) received designation as a Uniformed Services Treatment Facility (USTF) from the Department of Defense.

In 1993, the Department of Defense converted all seven USTFs in the country, including Wyman Park, to a military managed care plan known as the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan. A few years later, the US Family Health Plan became a designated provider for TRICARE Prime. Today we have more than 25 locations throughout Maryland to serve our members.

The US Family Health Plan at Johns Hopkins is proud of its heritage and long history of service to the military and continues its commitment to medical excellence.

Employer Health Programs
Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs (EHP), established in 1996, is a self-funded health plan that currently serves over 50,000 plan members in Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia.

As the health benefits administrator to a variety of clients, EHP is unique in that it identifies the individualized characteristics of a workforce and creates customized benefits packages that are both flexible and comprehensive to that audience. All benefits packages/plans are governed by the Department of Labor ERISA regulations and range from full indemnity products, to single option PPO's, and single option plans. The clinical expertise of Johns Hopkins faculty, superior customer service, and hands- on account management are what tie these packages together.

Priority Partners
Priority Partners is a managed care organization that provides low- and no-cost health care services to qualifying families, adults and children in Maryland. Priority Partners is one of seven Managed Care Organizations authorized by the State of Maryland to provide health care services for over 185,000 Medicaid, Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP), Medical Assistance for Families and Primary Adult Care (PAC) recipients. Priority Partners is owned by Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC and the Maryland Community Health System. The Maryland Community Health System is group of Federally Qualified Health Centers health centers located throughout Maryland.

Priority Partners is proud to provide outstanding health care services for our members through a team of dedicated physicians, health care centers and hospitals throughout the state. 

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