We are pleased to present the fifth annual New Jersey HMO Performance Report. This report looks at the performance of New Jerseys managed health care plans, how well these plans deliver important health care services, and what members think about the services they receive. This year we have added two new measures that focus on how well the health plans help members manage two common chronic illnesses that affect millions of Americans: controlling high blood pressure and use of appropriate medications for people with asthma.
The report is designed to give both consumers and employers information on the quality of New Jerseys managed health care plans. We believe that you will find this information useful when choosing a health plan for your family or business.
New Jersey has some of the strongest consumer and patient protections in the country. We urge you to become familiar with these protections, which are explained in this report.
We wish you good health and hope this report helps you choose the health plan that best serves you and your family.
Donald T. DiFrancesco, Acting Governor
George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., M.D. Acting Commissioner Department of Health and Senior Services
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services developed this report with the cooperation of the New Jersey health plans. The Department was guided by an advisory group representing health plans, health care purchasers, providers and consumers.
This report includes information on New Jersey commercial health plans health maintenance organization (HMO) and point-of-service (POS) products. The report includes all such health plans, currently marketed in New Jersey that had at least 2,000 members in both 1999 and 2000. For most plans the information combines plan performance for the HMO and POS products. For Horizon Health Care, One Health Plan and WellChoice, only the HMO product is included. See HMO and POS Plan Differences for more information about the distinction between HMO and POS products.
This report does not cover the performance of health plans that serve Medicare beneficiaries or beneficiaries of Medicaid and other New Jersey Department of Human Services programs. See Other Important Resources for ways you can obtain information on these plans.
This report is based on a measurement system called HEDIS®, which was developed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) through the combined efforts of many experts in health care. It includes measures collected by the health plans and measures collected through member surveys. All measures are verified by independent auditors.
This report contains information on the following health plans:
- Aetna USHCHMO/POS (Aetna U.S. HealthcareNew Jersey)
- AmeriHealthHMO/POS (AmeriHealth HMO)
- CIGNAHMO/POS (CIGNA HealthCare of New Jersey)
- HorizonHMO (Horizon Healthcare of New Jersey)
- One HealthHMO (One Health Plan of New Jersey)
- OxfordHMO/POS (Oxford Health PlansNew Jersey)
- PHSHMO/POS (Physicians Health Services of New Jersey)*
- UnitedHMO/POS (United Healthcare of New Jersey)
- UniversityHMO/POS (University Health Plans)
- WellChoiceHMO (WellChoice HMO of New Jersey)^
*Physicians Health Services has applied to use the name Health Net.
^WellChoice was formerly known as Empire HealthChoice.
For information on contacting these and other New Jersey health plans, see page 16.
For additional copies of this report, please contact the Office of Research and Development, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, P.O. Box 360, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625-0360; telephone (800) 418-1397, fax (609) 292-6523. There is a charge for multiple copies.
This report is also available on the Departments Web site: www.state.nj.us/health or can be requested by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org This document may only be reproduced in its entirety. No portion of this document may be reproduced without the permission of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
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