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No Shave November – Time To Remember Breast Cancer Screenings

November 8, 2018 · NCQA Communications

We’re well into No-Shave November, and it’s time to raise cancer awareness! Many people with cancer lose their hair. Participants in No-Shave November forego haircuts and shaving, and donate the money they save to cancer awareness.

NCQA wants to remind everyone to schedule annual check-ups and get regular cancer screenings. Early detection is key to prevention and successful treatment.

HEDIS Breast Cancer Screenings

NCQA created the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), one of health care’s most widely used performance improvement tools, to measure health plans’ performance. HEDIS is able to rate plans in various different types of areas including cancer screenings: breast, colorectal and cervical.

The HEDIS measure for Breast Cancer Screening (BCS) reviews women from 50-74 to see if they have had a mammogram in the past two years.

“Breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms appear, but many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. This is why regular breast cancer screening is so important,” according to the American Cancer Society.

Check Out Top Performing Plans

In light of No-Shave November, NCQA is highlighting 5-star Health Plan Ratings for 2018–2019. NCQA rates more than 1,000 health insurance plans in all 50 states.

Health plans are rated on a scale from 0–5, based on clinical quality, member satisfaction and Accreditation Survey results.

Don’t see your plan listed here? See all NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. (DC, MD, VA)HMO5
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. (VA Medicaid)HMO5
Jai Medical Systems Managed Care Organization, Inc. (MD)HMO5
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. (MD)HMO5
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (HA)HMO5
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, Inc. (OR, WA)HMO5
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. (DC, MD, VA)HMO5
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. (Southern CA)HMO5
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (Northern CA)HMO5


American Cancer Society. 2018. “Breast Cancer Early Detection and Diagnosis.”

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