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UPMC for You Leads State, Makes National Top-5 List

PITTSBURGH (October 4, 2005)UPMC Health Plan's Medical Assistance program, UPMC for You, ranked No. 5 in the United States in a recent review by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and U.S. News & WorldReport magazine

NCQA, a national organization that reviews and ranks health plans on quality and preventive health measures, named UPMC for You the top Medical Assistance health plan in Pennsylvania. The rankings were published in the Oct. 10 issue of U.S. News & World Report.

The national news magazine used a star system to rank health plans in specific categories. UPMC for You earned five stars in three of four major categories (access to care, member satisfaction, and prevention). Of the seven top ranked Medical Assistance programs in Pennsylvania, UPMC for You was the only one to receive five stars in more than one category.

UPMC for You's high rankings were based on NCQA's review of preventive health and member satisfaction data.

The rankings are now available in the health section of U.S. News & World Report's website. The magazine publication marks the first time NCQA has released the information through a media partner.

"UPMC for You is emerging as a leader locally, statewide, and nationally," said Diane P. Holder, president of UPMC Health Plan. "The recent rankings in U.S. News & World Report are confirmation of the hard work by our staff and the network physicians who care for our members."

The Health Plan was recognized through the U.S. News & World Report/NCQA America's Best Health Plans 2005 listing in the news magazine.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and manages the evolution of HEDIS, the tool NCQA uses to measure and report on the performance of the nation's health plans.

(Note: Reporters interested in producing local health care "report cards" should contact the NCQA Communications Department at (202) 955-3518 to discuss data needs.)

About UPMC Health Plan
UPMC Health Plan, a leading health care benefits company located in Western Pennsylvania, is backed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of the nation's top-ranked health systems. As part of an integrated health care delivery system, UPMC Health Plan partners with UPMC to improve clinical outcomes as well as the health of the greater community. The National Committee for Quality Assurance and U.S. News & World Report listed UPMC Health Plan as the top ranked health plan in Pennsylvania, and one of the top 20 health plans in the United States. The Health Plan is the only Pennsylvania plan to receive five stars in the categories of "Prevention" and "Treatment," and is the highest-ranked managed care company in the nation for breast cancer screening, for the second consecutive year. The UPMC Insurance Services Division - which includes UPMC Health Plan, UPMC for You (Medical Assistance), Community Care Behavioral Health, and EAP Solutions - serves over 700,000 members through a network that includes UPMC providers as well as affiliated hospitals and physicians, totaling more than 80 hospitals and more than 7,000 physicians in a 28-county region.

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