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Arkansas Blue Cross And Blue Shield And Health Advantage Receive Health Plan Accreditation

July 29, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage recently were granted health plan accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.

URAC’s Health Plan Accreditation standards require a comprehensive review of an organization’s operations. There are five sections in the health plan standards: network management; quality improvement; credentialing; member protection and utilization management. Companies must pass reviews of all of these sections to receive accreditation.

“We are honored to receive Health Plan Accreditation from URAC,” said Mike Brown, Arkansas Blue Cross executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We are very pleased to be recognized in the industry for providing outstanding services. Our mission to bring quality health care services to our members always has guided our business practices, and each division in the company demonstrated this by helping Arkansas Blue Cross achieve health plan accreditation.”

“We applaud Arkansas Blue Cross on achieving URAC Health Plan Accreditation” said URAC Chief Operating Officer William Vandervennet. “In today’s health care market, URAC accreditation provides a mark of distinction for organizations to demonstrate their commitment to quality health care.”

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, promotes health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system and provides a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry.

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Founded in 1948, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the largest health insurer in Arkansas. Arkansas Blue Cross and its affiliates have more than 2,700 employees. If combined, the 38 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans collectively provide health care coverage for 100 million Americans.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for nearly 105 million members – one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.