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Two Md. HMOs rated among 21 best in nation


Two Maryland health maintenance organizations were among 21 in the country to win a "four-star" rating, the highest, from U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine's annual college rankings are its top-selling issue. This is the first time U.S. News has ranked HMOs; its Sept. 2 issue reached newsstands yesterday,

The magazine based its scores for preventive medicine on data collected by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a Washington-based industry group that accredits HMOs.

Columbia Medical Plan and Kaiser Permanente earned four-star ratings in Maryland. Delmarva Health Plan, NYLCare and CareFirst/FreeState/Potomac got three stars. CIGNA was rated with two stars.

Prudential was not rated because because data were incomplete. Health plans not listed were those who had not submitted data to the NCQA for public release.

The ratings were based on five measures of preventive medicine: screening rates for cholesterol, breast cancer and cervical cancer; rates of childhood immunization; and percentage of women receiving care during the first three months of pregnancy.

Pub Date: 8/27/96

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