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Mo' money don't mean best quality health care, report finds
By Insure.com staff

Health insurance plans that spend a lot of money on care don't necessarily deliver the best quality, according to a new State of Health Care Quality report from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

The report also notes a decline in vaccination rates for kids insured with private health plans, versus an increase in vaccination rates for children enrolled in Medicaid. It also found that many plans that deliver below-average quality use above-average resources, such as physician visits and hospital stays.

Meanwhile, NCQA researchers attribute the decline in childhood vaccination rates, which dropped by almost 4 percentage points in commercial health insurance plans in 2009, to the popular, but unproven, belief that vaccines cause autism.

"The drop in childhood vaccinations is disturbing because parents are rejecting valuable treatment based on misinformation," NCQA President Margaret O'Kane said in a press statement. "All of us in health care need to work together to get better information to the public."

The NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes clinicians and health care practices in key areas of performance.

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