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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire Ranks Among Top Insurers on U.S. News & World Report / National Committee for Quality Assurance Best Health Plans List
Date:12/5/2008

MANCHESTER, N.H., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire has once again ranked among the very best health insurers, according to the current issue of U.S. News & World Report/NCQA America's Best Health Plans 2008. This recognition as one of the nation's best health plans is the result of outstanding overall performance in clinical care measures, member satisfaction and NCQA accreditation.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire was rated 20th out of the 239 ranked health plans in the country.

"This recognition is due to the hard work of our associates and a testament to all they do on behalf of our members," said Douglas J. Wenners, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire. "We are excited and proud to be counted among the nation's top plans yet again."

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire currently holds Excellent Accreditation for its HMO/POS plan and has earned Quality Plus Distinction in Care Management and Health Improvement. The plan scored in the 90th percentile (i.e., the top 10 percentile of health plans in the nation) in several key Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set *(HEDIS(R)) Effectiveness of Care measures, including preventive screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer; diabetes measures related to HbA1c (blood sugar control) testing, HbA1c control, eye care, control of cholesterol, control of blood pressure (<140/90), cholesterol management, prenatal care, and access to preventive services for adults 20-64, access to PCP for children ages 2-6 and adolescents ages 12-19.

"As the state's largest health insurer, a major part of our mission is to improve the health status of New Hampshire residents," Wenners added. "Our work on these critical areas, as well as our continued emphasis on key population health measures, is vital to that missi
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