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Kaiser Permanente’s California Medi-Cal health plans rated highest in state for quality care

California’s Department of Health Care Services rates Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern California Medi-Cal health plans the highest in the state for quality and equitable care.

Kerri Leedy (559) 307-6491


OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 19, 2023 – Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Medi-Cal health plan is the highest rated in the state for quality care, according to a December 2022 report from the state’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid health care program, which covers a variety of medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources.

To promote better health outcomes and preventive services, the DHCS requires Medi-Cal plans to report annually on a set of quality measures associated with children’s preventive services, women’s health preventive services, chronic medical conditions, and behavioral health conditions.

Kaiser Permanente’s Northern and Southern California Medi-Cal health plans were the only plans among more than 2 dozen in the state that achieved established quality levels for more than 90% of the measures.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving the health of our members and communities we serve by providing care and coverage to those who otherwise couldn’t afford health care,” said Carrie Owen Plietz, FACHE, president of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California region. “We are proud to be recognized for the quality care we provide as we focus on improving the overall health of our communities.”

Kaiser Permanente is also the only Medicare health plan in California to receive a 5-star rating, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2023 Medicare Star Ratings.

“We are pleased to be rated among the highest in the state for delivering high-quality and equitable clinical care to patients in every community we serve,” said Richard S. Isaacs, MD, FACS, chief executive officer and executive director of The Permanente Medical Group. “And we’ll continue to focus our efforts on further improving quality, access, and service for all the patients who have entrusted us with their health and well-being.”

Last year, Kaiser Permanente Northern California received a 5-star rating for providing quality clinical care and behavioral and mental health care in the annual Health Care Quality Report Card from California’s Office of the Patient Advocate and was the only health plan in the state to receive a 5-star “Summary Quality Rating” from Covered California — the state’s marketplace for the Affordable Care Act.

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About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.6 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.









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