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
Diamond-Blackfan anemia: A genetic condition affecting the bone marrow that leads to anemia (low numbers of red blood cells) and often, birth defects. It affects
five to 10 out of every million babies born in the U.S. A number of genetic mutations have been identified that can cause Diamond-Blackfan anemia, and it is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, meaning that only one copy of the defective gene is needed to cause the disorder. In about 45% of cases, those affected inherit a defective gene from one parent. In the remaining cases, a new mutation (change in the gene) occurs in people who do not have the condition in their family.
Symptoms and signs of Diamond-Blackfan anemia usually are seen during the first year of life and relate to the anemia and shortage of oxygen delivery to tissues from the low numbers of red blood cells. These symptoms include pallor, fatigue, and weakness. People with this disorder are at increased risk for developing myelodysplastic syndrome, another bone marrow disorder, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and a type of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma. The birth defects that can accompany the bone marrow disorders are seen in about half of those affected and can vary in severity. Associated birth defects can include small head size (microcephaly); wide-set eyes (hypertelorism); droopy eyelids (ptosis); a low frontal hairline; a broad, flat bridge of the nose; small, low-set ears; and small lower jaw (micrognathia). Cleft palate and/or cleft lip may also be present. Slow growth, eye problems, and kidney problems are sometimes associated with the condition. Red blood cell transfusions and corticosteroid medications are the main treatments for Diamond-Blackfan anemia. Stem cell transplants have been performed successfully in some children with the condition.