Beacon Health Options Continues Full NCQA Accreditation as a Managed Care Organization

Jan 13, 2016, 10:00 ET from Beacon Health Options

BOSTON, Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Beacon Health Options (Beacon), the nation's premier behavioral health management company, today announced that it has received four consecutive Full Accreditations as a Managed Behavioral Health Organization from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in 2015.

The accreditations include the following Beacon Engagement and Service Centers:

  • MBHP Engagement Center through March 20, 2018 for the Medicaid line of business
  • Michigan Engagement Center through July 10, 2018 for Commercial, Medicare and Marketplace lines of business
  • Latham, NY Service Center through July 24, 2018 for Commercial, Medicaid, Medicare and Marketplace lines of business
  • Woburn Service Center through November 30, 2018 for Commercial, Medicaid, Medicare and Marketplace lines of business

NCQA is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies a wide range of managed behavioral healthcare organizations (MBHOs). NCQA MBHO Accreditation is a nationally recognized evaluation that purchasers, regulators and consumers can use to assess managed behavioral health care organizations. NCQA MBHO Accreditation evaluates how well a health plan manages all parts of its delivery system – physicians, hospitals, other providers and administrative services – in order to continuously improve health care for its members.

NCQA MBHO Accreditation is a voluntary review process. NCQA reviews include thorough onsite and offsite evaluations conducted by a team of a physician and managed care experts. A national oversight committee of physicians and behavioral health providers analyzes the team's findings and assigns an accreditation level based on the MBHO's performance compared to NCQA standards.

Full Accreditation is granted to those plans that have excellent programs for continuous quality improvement and meet NCQA's rigorous standards. NCQA MBHO Accreditation standards are developed with input from employers, health plans, state and federal regulators, MBHOs and other experts. These demanding standards encourage MBHOs to continuously enhance their quality.

NCQA MBHO Accreditation standards are intended to help organizations achieve the highest level of performance possible, reduce patient risk for untoward outcomes and create an environment of continuous improvement.

There are over 150 standard elements for quality included in the following categories:

  • Quality Management and Improvement
  • Utilization Management
  • Credentialing and Recredentialing
  • Members' Rights and Responsibilities
  • Care Coordination

"The NCQA Accreditation confirms our dedication to providing first-class, accessible care to the individuals and other stakeholders we serve," said Christine Degan, Beacon's Senior Vice President, Quality and Outcomes. "We make it our mission to provide innovative solutions for our members so they might live their lives to the fullest potential. By accepting nothing but the highest standards of quality for ourselves, we can continue to realize that mission every day."

About Beacon Health Options

Beacon serves 47 million individuals across all 50 states and the United Kingdom. On behalf of employers, health plans and government agencies, we manage innovative programs and solutions that directly address the challenges our behavioral health care system faces today. Beacon is a national leader in the fields of mental and emotional well-being, addiction, recovery and resilience, employee assistance, and wellness. We help people make the difficult life changes needed to be healthier and more productive. Partnering with a network of providers nationwide, we help individuals live their lives to the fullest potential. For more information, visit and connect with us on

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