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Clear Choice Health Plans Ranked Higher Than Any Other Health Plan in the Region.

BEND, Ore. -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Clear Choice Health Plans of Bend, Oregon ranked in the top 15% out of all other Medicare Advantage Plans in the nation based on CMS's overall Composite Score. The company also ranked higher than any other Medicare Advantage Plan in Region X, which includes Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Washington.

"We realize that our members are the foundation of our business. Clear Choice Health Plans has continued to emphasize access to care with a broad panel of physicians, while striving to provide the highest-quality of service to our members. For the past two consecutive years, we have ranked in the top 15% nationally. This is truly a great accomplishment," states Patricia Gibford, president and CEO of Clear Choice Health Plans.

Clear Choice Health Plan's overall composite score was based on the average scores of the following five (5) quality and performance assessment reports:

* Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems (CAPHS) which is a member satisfaction survey.

* Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) which measures how well health insurance plans perform in key areas such as quality of care, access to care, and member satisfaction with the health plan and doctors.

* Health Outcomes Survey (HOS) which measures the physical and mental health of members over a period of two years.

* Targeted Appeals Monitoring Strategy (TAMS) which measures health insurance plans performance on the appeals process.

* Disenrollment Reason Survey which depicts reasons for members leaving their health insurance plan.

About Clear Choice Health Plans. Clear Choice Health Plans emphasizes access to care with a full panel of physicians and hospitals, customer-focused service, and comprehensive health insurance coverage. The company currently offers a variety of Medicare Advantage plans and commercial health plans to individuals and families throughout Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, and the Columbia Gorge, as well as group plans and administrative services to employers throughout the state of Oregon.
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