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Premera Blue Cross Releases 2006 Quality Score Card

SEATTLE, Wash. – (Nov. 1, 2006) – Medical quality in Washington state has improved significantly since 2002. That’s a key finding of the fifth annual Quality Score Card, a joint effort by leading medical groups throughout Washington, including Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Premera Blue Cross.

On average, an estimated 72.2 percent of medical care delivered by the medical groups met evidence-based standards of quality last year for a representative range of preventive, acute, and chronic care.

That represents an 8 percent improvement in quality since 2002, when the first Premera Quality Score Card estimated the same array of medical care met national standards 66.8 percent of the time in Washington state.

The 2006 Quality Score Card is published online at

Alisha Mark
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