Best Service.
Best Quality.
Best Doctors and Hospitals.

Best Service

Stevie Awards

UPMC Health Plan earned 12 awards during the 16th annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service event for outstanding customer service and innovation in 2022.

The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are the world’s top honors for customer service, contact center, business development, and sales professionals across organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry.

By category, UPMC Health Plan earned four Gold Stevie Awards: Sales Support Team of the Year, Sales Support Professional of the Year (Marissa Williams), Back-Office Customer Service Team of the Year, and Best Use of Technology in Customer Service.

UPMC Health Plan also earned five Silver Stevie Awards: Inside or Telesales Team of the Year, Sales Manager of the Year (William Bell), Front-Line Customer Service Team of the Year, Best Customer Feedback Strategy, and Most Valuable Response by a Customer Service Team.

UPMC Health Plan earned Bronze Stevie Awards in these categories: Sales Representative of the Year (Joel Herrera), Contact Center of the Year (over 100 seats), and Customer Service Training or Coaching Program of the Year.

Best Quality

CMS Star Ratings

UPMC for Life, the Medicare Advantage product from UPMC Health Plan, has earned 5 out of a 5 overall star rating for its HMO and PPO plans from Medicare for 2023. This rating was released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Medicare star ratings are based on how well plans deliver medical coverage, prescription drug services, and customer service. The score also includes how current members rate their satisfaction with their plan. Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.

UPMC for Life is also Accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

With these great accomplishments and our new and improved benefits for 2023, UPMC for Life is now the lowest priced, 5-star plan in PA. We’re offering our members affordable premiums, low out-of-pocket costs, and great extra benefits that can help them stay healthy.

Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. UPMC for Life is the lowest priced, 5-star plan in PA based on premium and maximum out-of-pocket costs.

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has named UPMC for Life as one of the “Best Insurance Companies for Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Plans” for Pennsylvania in 2023 (10-14-22).

U.S. News & World Report used the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Star Ratings data for its rankings, including CMS’s recent five-out-of-five overall Star Ratings of both UPMC for Life’s HMO and PPO plans for 2023. UPMC for Life is among only four percent of Medicare Advantage plans nationally to earn these exceptional, quality-driven scores.

For an insurance company to be eligible for the list of U.S. News & World Report's Best Insurance Companies for Medicare Advantage, all Medicare Advantage plans offered by the insurance company in that state had to be rated overall with at least three out of five stars by CMS. U.S. News & World Report then averaged the CMS Star Ratings for each of the eligible plans and those companies with an average overall rating of 4.5 or more stars earned recognition as a Best Insurance Company for Medicare Advantage.

Best Doctors

Nearly 400 UPMC physicians have been recognized as 2022 "Top Doctors" across more than 60 different specialties. UPMC doctors represent more than half of the physicians listed in Pittsburgh. These physicians are part of the Top Doctors® list, which is compiled by Castle Connolly. The Castle Connolly Top Doctor selection process is entirely merit-based. Doctors cannot pay to be listed. Castle Connolly’s peer-to-peer nominations and rigorous research process ensure only the most qualified physicians are included.

Best Hospitals

The Best Children’s Hospital rankings by U.S. News & World Report highlight the top 50 U.S. pediatric hospitals in each of 10 specialties. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is ranked in all 10 pediatric subspecialties surveyed. Three subspecialties ranked in the national top 10, including:

  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery (3rd)
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology (6th)
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (12th)

One of the nation’s best hospitals, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside is nationally ranked in 9 adult specialties by U.S. News & World Report. It is also ranked #1 in Pittsburgh. In addition, UPMC Mercy is nationally ranked for rehabilitation.

UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside is nationally ranked in the following specialties:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pulmonology and Lung Surgery
  • Urology

U.S. News & World Report analyzed more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide based on a variety of factors, including hospital volume, patient safety, and outcomes, and surveyed responses from tens of thousands of physicians on hospitals’ reputations for delivering high-quality care.

These rankings reflect the exceptional care delivered every day by our extraordinary doctors, nurses, and staff who truly define world-class care. It is reassuring to know that when patients from all over the region, nation, or world search for top care, their search leads them to the same trusted doctors and hospitals that are close to home in Pittsburgh.