Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Thompson and colleagues1 concluded that "most commercial health plans do
not deliver high-quality care" to Medicaid members. However, this conclusion
was based on 1999 data for all Medicaid plans reporting to the National Committee
for Quality Assurance Quality Compass, which does not represent the status
of current plan practices. Also, no adjustment was made for known socioeconomic
and ethnic differences between the 2 plans and there was no mention of different
benefits and networks—even within the same company.
Wood D, Jatulis D. Quality of Care in Medicaid Managed Care vs Commercial Managed Care Plans. JAMA. 2004;291(10):1195-1197. doi:10.1001/jama.291.10.1196-b