Virginia Health Information publishes HMO cost & quality report

businessIn the ever-changing healthcare landscape, consumers are more interested than ever about the cost, availability and quality of their healthcare plan.  Virginia Health Information has published its Compare HMOs report to help consumers find, compare and choose the HMO that best meets their needs.

Over 1.3 million Virginians are enrolled in HMO plans and for good reason as HMOs can be an affordable option.

Compare HMOs, available at www.vhi.org/healthinsurance/HMOCompare.asp, is part of VHI’s free Consumer Guide to Health Insurance Options, a comprehensive guide helping Virginia consumers and employers learn about health insurance options.  Based on feedback from businesses, consumers and health insurance companies, VHI includes over 60 measures covering how quickly care is provided, satisfaction with doctors, screening for cancers, providing the right care and more.

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period ending on Dec. 15, this tool is the perfect supplement for consumers making those tough decisions. Key points from this year’s report include:

Members Received: VA Avg Better than Nat’l Avg? Highest

Rated HMO

Range across

HMOs

Breast Cancer Screening 71.85% No Kaiser 65—88%
Timeliness of Prenatal Care 87.01% N/A Kaiser 81—97%
Network Size (#Physicians) 81,926 N/A Aetna 10,155 – 426,906
Premium per member/per month $370 N/A United HC $337 – $445

Updates to the web design of the Compare HMOs tool allows consumers to compare plans more seamlessly than ever before.  Note: Performance data for Innovation Health Plan, Inc. was unavailable this year, but administrative and financial data is included in the report.

Virginia Health Information (VHI) is the nonprofit organization that businesses, consumers, the Commonwealth of Virginia and health insurance companies go to for health information. VHI publishes reports and consumer guides on health insurance, hospitals, HMOs, nursing facilities, physicians and other topics at www.vhi.org. To find the latest updates on healthcare data and statistics, find and like VHI on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vahealth.

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