Horizon NJ Health Receives Full URAC Health Plan Re-Accreditation
2012 marks the 10th straight year of URAC Accreditation for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Company
November 26, 2012
WEST TRENTON – Horizon NJ Health, a subsidiary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, announced today it has again received full Health Plan Accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based, national health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.
The Health Plan Accreditation recognizes Horizon NJ Health’s commitment to providing quality health care access, with standards including key benchmarks for network management, provider credentialing, utilization management, quality management and member relations.
“The achievement of receiving full re-accreditation from URAC reinforces Horizon NJ Health’s commitment to quality and accountability,” said Karen L. Clark, Vice President, Medicaid, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, President, Horizon NJ Health. “This continuing recognition is important, as it reaffirms our promise to improve access to health services and to promote quality of health for our members. We are grateful to a dedicated network of compassionate and caring doctors who share these goals.”
Horizon NJ Health is New Jersey’s largest managed health care organization, providing health services for more than 550,000 of its members in Medicaid, NJ FamilyCare and NJ FamilyCare ADVANTAGE programs.
“This year’s re-accreditation is true testimony to the compassion and care our organization delivers to our members on a daily basis,” said Philip M. Bonaparte, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer, Horizon NJ Health. “Horizon NJ Health has been URAC accredited since 2002 and achieving full re-accreditation underscores the quality of our work with members and health care providers, and reinforces our role as New Jersey’s leading managed health care insurer.”
“Horizon NJ Health should be commended for meeting strict quality standards,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. “It is critically important for health care organizations to make a commitment to quality and accountability. URAC accreditation is a demonstration of that commitment.”
URAC’s Health Plan Accreditation standards cover wellness and health promotion, care coordination, medication safety and care compliance, rewarding quality care delivery through a patient-centered health care home network, mental health parity, HIPPA privacy breach requirements, patient centeredness, coordination of care, patient safety, health plan administration, effectiveness of care, health information technology integration and CAHPS survey results.
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. For more information, visit www.urac.org.
About Horizon NJ Health
Horizon NJ Health is New Jersey’s largest managed health care organization serving the publicly insured, providing health services for more than 550,000 people in all 21 New Jersey counties. Headquartered in West Trenton, NJ, Horizon NJ Health, a partnership, is part of the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey enterprise, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Learn more at www.horizonNJhealth.com
About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, New Jersey’s oldest and largest health insurer is a not-for-profit health services corporation. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey serves approximately 3.6 million members and is headquartered in Newark with offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel and West Trenton. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey provides a wide variety of health and dental insurance products and services, including Medicare and Medicaid products, for businesses and individuals. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com
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