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
Plague: The plague is an infectious disease due to a
bacteria called Yersinia pestis.
Y. pestis mainly infects rats and other rodents. Rodents are the
prime reservoir for the bacteria. Fleas function as the prime vectors
carrying the bacteria from one species to another. The fleas bite the
rodents infected with Y. pestis and then they bite people and so
transmit the disease to them.
Transmission of the plague to people can also occur from eating
infected animals such as squirrels (e.g., in the southeastern U.S.)
Once someone has the plague, they can transmit it to another person
via aerosol droplets.
History -- Yersinia is named after a Swiss bacteriologist Alexandre-
Emile-Jean Yersin (1863-1943) who identified it in 1894 after a trip
to Hong Kong looking for the agent that was killing thousands of
people in southern China. The same discovery was made at the same
time by a Japanese bacteriologist Shibasaburo Kitasako.
The plague has been responsible for devastating epidemics. The
disease occurs endemically (at a consistent but low level) in many
countries including the United States. "La Peste" (The
Plague), a novel (1947) by the Nobel Prize-winning French writer
Albert Camus (1913-1960) is set in the Algerian city of Oran overrun
by a deadly epidemic of the plague.
Bioterrorism -- The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of the US Congress, in a 1999 report considered plague to be a "possible, but not likely" biologic threat for terrorism, as it is difficult to acquire a suitable strain of Y. pestis and to weaponize and distribute it. Seed stock is difficult to acquire and to process and heat, disinfectants and sunlight render it harmless.
The plague is also known as pest and pestis.