ValueOptions(R) Receives Full URAC Accreditation for North Carolina Commercial Service Center

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- ValueOptions® (www.ValueOptions.com), the nation's largest independent behavioral health care company, announced today that its North Carolina Commercial Service Center has received a three-year, full accreditation from URAC, a national leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and certification programs.

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"We always strive to improve the quality of our programs and services, and now that effort has been recognized by URAC," said Larry Earle, regional vice president of ValueOptions®. "This affirms the work of our clinical staff focused on producing quality work and getting exceptional results."

URAC's broad-based membership includes representation from major constituencies affected by health care -- employers, consumers, regulators, health care providers, and the workers' compensation and managed care industries. Member organizations participate in the development of standards and are eligible to sit on the Board of Directors.

ValueOptions® was accredited for its case management practices at its Morrisville, N.C., operation. URAC examined critical operational categories, such as staff structure, information management, quality improvement, ethics and complaints.

"By applying for and receiving URAC accreditation, ValueOptions® has demonstrated a commitment to quality health care," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. "Quality health care is crucial to our nation's welfare and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards and undergo rigorous evaluation by an independent accrediting body."

URAC works with organizations like ValueOptions® to establish guidelines for reasonable caseloads, sufficient personnel to serve consumers and policies requiring licensed physicians to be available to consult with case managers.

"This stamp of approval from URAC shows that the staff here in North Carolina pays close attention to every detail," Earle said. "It is an efficient, high-quality operation."

About ValueOptions®, Inc.

ValueOptions®, Inc., the nation's largest independent behavioral health and wellness company, provides services to more than 22 million individuals through a variety of contracts with state and county agencies and, additionally, with health plans and employers. ValueOptions® is a national behavioral health and wellness company that specializes in management for all behavioral health issues and promotes health and wellness through innovative programs. The mission of ValueOptions® is to improve the health and wellness for the people it serves.

SOURCE ValueOptions, Inc.



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