Kaiser Permanente Hawaii gets accreditation again

HONOLULU (AP) - Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has announced it has again received an excellent accreditation status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Kaiser said Monday that the status means all of its eligible health plans -- commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid -- are accredited with the group's highest quality rating.

Kaiser has been accredited as excellent since the group first established the accreditation status in 1999.

The group's president, Margaret E. O'Kane, says the excellent accreditation status is reserved for the best health plans in the nation.

She says it's only awarded to plans that meet or exceed the group's rigorous requirements for consumer protection, quality improvement and excellent clinical care.

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