NORFOLK, Va., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ValueOptions® Chief Medical Officer, Commercial Division and Senior Vice President, Regional Medical Director, Christopher Dennis, MD, MBA, has been appointed to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Standards Committee.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality through organizational accreditation and certification. NCQA's accreditation is considered the industry's gold standard and helps health plans demonstrate their commitment to quality and accountability. The Standards Committee supports the development of new and revised accreditation standards for Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organizations (MBHOs), health plans and others, entities.
"At ValueOptions, we steward excellent behavioral health care, and we consistently innovate and improve our operational practices to help people lead their lives to the fullest potential," said Dr. Dennis, "NCQA is a vital contributor to the industry, so it is an honor to join the Standards Committee as we continue to raise the bar for quality within the behavioral health care system."
Dennis joins Pamela Greenberg, M.P.P., President and CEO of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) who has served as a liaison to the Standards Committee for many years. Together they bring 29 years of experience in behavioral health and managed care experience to the Committee.
"ABHW is a big proponent of the NCQA mission. We work very hard to align our own organization with the goals and the standards that NCQA introduces to the marketplace," adds Greenberg.
ValueOptions® Inc., an ABHW member, is a health improvement company that serves more than 32 million individuals. On behalf of employers, health plans and government agencies, we manage innovative programs and solutions that directly address the challenges our health care system faces today. A national leader in the fields of mental and emotional wellbeing, recovery and resilience, employee assistance, and wellness, ValueOptions helps people make the difficult life changes needed to be healthier and more productive. With offices nationwide and a network of more than 130,000 provider locations, ValueOptions helps people take important steps in the right direction. We help them live their lives to the fullest potential. Visit www.valueoptions.com for more information.
About the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness
ABHW was founded in 1994 under the name American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association to enable the leading organizations in this field to work together on key issues of public accountability, quality, public policy and communication. ABHW members provide benefits and services related to mental health, substance use, employee assistance, disease management, and other health and wellness programs in both the public and private sectors.
About the National Committee for Quality Assurance
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA's Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.
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