Great Lakes Health Plan Ranked in Top 25
Great Lakes Health Plan is among the highest rated Medicaid plans in the nation,
according to this year’s rankings published by the National Committee for
Quality Assurance (NCQA) and U.S. News & World Report (USN&WR). GLHP was
rated #21 with a score of 84.6. Health plans can score a possible 100
points based on quality, member satisfaction and NCQA accreditation scores.
In 2007 GLHP was ranked #66.
Each year, NCQA and USN&WR join together to rank the nation’s Medicaid
health plans based on access to care, overall member satisfaction, prevention,
and overall quality score. GLHP would like to thank our physicians,
hospitals and other health care professionals for their contributions in
making GLHP one of the Best Health Plans in 2008.
MAHP Awards GLHP 3 Pinnacle Awards for Best Practices
GLHP has received three 2008 Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP)
Pinnacle Awards, its best year ever. Annually, MAHP invites its 17 member
health plans to participate in its Pinnacle Awards competition by submitting its best
Bladder cancer: A common form of cancer that begins in the lining of the bladder. The most common warning sign is blood in the urine. Symptoms include pain during urination, frequent urination, and feeling the need to urinate without results. A diagnosis of bladder cancer is supported by findings in the medical history, physical examination, examination of the urine, and intravenous pyelogram (IVP). Confirmation of the diagnosis requires a biopsy, usually using a cystoscope. The bladder is lined with cells called transitional cells and squamous cells. A tumor may grow through the lining into the muscular wall of the bladder and extend into nearby organs such as the uterus or vagina (in women) or the prostate gland (in men). When bladder cancer spreads beyond the bladder, the malignant cells are frequently found in nearby lymph nodes and may have spread to other lymph nodes or other places, including the lungs, liver, or bones. Risk factors for bladder cancer include age over 40 years, race (Caucasians are at twice the risk of African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans, with Asian-Americans at least risk), gender (men are two to three times more likely to get bladder cancer), family history of bladder cancer, use of tobacco (which is a major risk factor), occupational exposures (for example, workers in the rubber, chemical, and leather industries, hairdressers, machinists, metal workers, printers, painters, textile workers, and truck drivers), and prior treatment with cyclophosphamide or arsenic exposure. Treatment depends on the growth, size, and location of the tumor. Surgical operations are commonly needed. Chemotherapy, biological therapy, or radiotherapy may also be used.