Latest Accreditation Awards Highlight Commitment to Quality and Accountability

Apr 13, 2001, 01:00 ET from URAC

    WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week, URAC's Accreditation and
 Executive Committees awarded accreditation to a number of health care
 organizations that have recently demonstrated compliance with URAC's rigorous
 accreditation standards.
     "Each of these organizations should be commended for meeting strict
 quality standards," stated Garry Carneal, 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."
     To achieve URAC accreditation, an organization undergoes a thorough
 evaluation of its processes and structures.  The accreditation process
 includes a review of an applicant's documents and policies, as well as an on-
 site operational assessment.  URAC accreditation is granted by the
 Accreditation and Executive Committees, which are composed of industry experts
 representing a broad range of health care stakeholders.
 
     The following organizations received URAC accreditation awards last week:
 
     Company Name
     Location
     Accreditation Type
 
     Alicare Medical Management, Inc.
     Salem, NH
     External Review Organization; Health Call Center; Health Utilization
       Management
 
     Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
       (for Preferred Medical Plan and Blue Access in Ohio)
     Mason, OH
     Health Utilization Management
 
     Anthem Health Plans of Kentucky, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and
       Blue Shield
     Louisville, KY
     Health Utilization Management
 
     Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
     Mason, OH
     Health Utilization Management
 
     Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
       (for Preferred Network and Blue Access in Indiana)
     Indianapolis, IN
     Health Network with Credentialing
 
     Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (in
       Indiana)
     Indianapolis, IN
     Health Network with Credentialing
 
     Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
       Federal Employee Program
     Indianapolis, IN
     Health Network with Credentialing
 
     Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
     Birmingham, AL
     Health Utilization Management
 
     Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Preferred Care
     Birmingham, AL
     Health Network
 
     Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Point of Service
     Birmingham, AL
     Health Network
 
     Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Inc.
     Chattanooga, TN
     Health Utilization Management
 
     CompPartners, Inc.
     Irvine, CA
     External Review Organization
 
     CONTACT Behavioral Health Services
     Tempe, AZ
     Health Utilization Management
 
     Health Care Value Systems, Inc.
     North Kingstown, RI
     Health Utilization Management
 
     Humana Medical Plans, Inc.
     Jacksonville, FL; Longwood, FL; Miramar, FL; Ormond Beach, FL; Tampa, FL
     Health Plan
 
     Innovative Care Management
     Clackamas, OR
     Health Utilization Management
 
     MedWatch, Inc.
     Lake Mary, FL
     Case Management Organization; Health Utilization Management
 
     NATLSCO, Inc.
     Bensville, IL; Houston, TX; Norcross, GA; Philadelphia, PA; Plantation,
       FL; Rancho Cordova, CA
     Case Management Organization
 
     Travelers Medical Management Services Inc. (TMMS)
     Albany, NY; Alpharetta, GA; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Bedford, NH;
       Brentwood, TN; Brookfield, WI; Buffalo, NY; Chantilly, VA; Charlotte,
       NC; Cleveland, OH; Columbia, SC; Creve Coeur, MO; Dallas, TX; Diamond
       Barr, CA; East Hanover, NJ; Englewood, CO; Hartford, CT; Honolulu, HI;
       Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Melville, NY; Memphis, TN;
       Metairie, LA; Middleboro, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Mt. Prospect, IL;
       Naperville, IL; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Overland Park, KS; Phoenix,
       AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Rancho Cordova, CA; Richmond, VA;
       Rochester, NY; Seattle, WA; Southfield, MI; Sunrise, FL; Syracuse, NY;
       Van Nuys, CA; Walnut Creek, CA; West Des Moines, IA; Wyomissing, PA
     Workers' Compensation Utilization Management
 
     Tufts Associated Heath Plans, Inc.
     Waltham, MA
     Health Utilization Management
 
     United Behavioral Health
     Hilliard, OH; San Diego, CA; Minnetonka, MN; Itasca, IL; Atlanta, GA; St
       Louis, MO; Corral Gables, FL
     Health Utilization Management
 
     ValueOptions, Inc. Including subsidiaries: Consulting Health Care
       Systems/OPTIONS; First Hospital Corporation-Nebraska dba Value Options
       Nebraska; GHI/BMP; Health Management Strategies; Massachusetts
       Behavioral Health Partnership
     Albuquerque, NM; Boston, MA; Colorado Springs, CO; Falls Church, VA;
       Irving, TX; Long Beach, CA; New York, NY; Norfolk, VA; Omaha, NE;
       Research Triangle Park, NC; Southfield, MI; Tampa, FL; Topeka, KS;
       Troy, NY
     Health Utilization Management
 
     URAC accreditation lasts for two years, at which time an organization
 again must go through the accreditation process.  A complete list of URAC-
 accredited organizations is available on URAC's web site at
 http://www.urac.org .
 
 

SOURCE URAC
    WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week, URAC's Accreditation and
 Executive Committees awarded accreditation to a number of health care
 organizations that have recently demonstrated compliance with URAC's rigorous
 accreditation standards.
     "Each of these organizations should be commended for meeting strict
 quality standards," stated Garry Carneal, 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."
     To achieve URAC accreditation, an organization undergoes a thorough
 evaluation of its processes and structures.  The accreditation process
 includes a review of an applicant's documents and policies, as well as an on-
 site operational assessment.  URAC accreditation is granted by the
 Accreditation and Executive Committees, which are composed of industry experts
 representing a broad range of health care stakeholders.
 
     The following organizations received URAC accreditation awards last week:
 
     Company Name
     Location
     Accreditation Type
 
     Alicare Medical Management, Inc.
     Salem, NH
     External Review Organization; Health Call Center; Health Utilization
       Management
 
     Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
       (for Preferred Medical Plan and Blue Access in Ohio)
     Mason, OH
     Health Utilization Management
 
     Anthem Health Plans of Kentucky, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and
       Blue Shield
     Louisville, KY
     Health Utilization Management
 
     Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
     Mason, OH
     Health Utilization Management
 
     Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
       (for Preferred Network and Blue Access in Indiana)
     Indianapolis, IN
     Health Network with Credentialing
 
     Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (in
       Indiana)
     Indianapolis, IN
     Health Network with Credentialing
 
     Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. dba Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
       Federal Employee Program
     Indianapolis, IN
     Health Network with Credentialing
 
     Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
     Birmingham, AL
     Health Utilization Management
 
     Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Preferred Care
     Birmingham, AL
     Health Network
 
     Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Point of Service
     Birmingham, AL
     Health Network
 
     Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Inc.
     Chattanooga, TN
     Health Utilization Management
 
     CompPartners, Inc.
     Irvine, CA
     External Review Organization
 
     CONTACT Behavioral Health Services
     Tempe, AZ
     Health Utilization Management
 
     Health Care Value Systems, Inc.
     North Kingstown, RI
     Health Utilization Management
 
     Humana Medical Plans, Inc.
     Jacksonville, FL; Longwood, FL; Miramar, FL; Ormond Beach, FL; Tampa, FL
     Health Plan
 
     Innovative Care Management
     Clackamas, OR
     Health Utilization Management
 
     MedWatch, Inc.
     Lake Mary, FL
     Case Management Organization; Health Utilization Management
 
     NATLSCO, Inc.
     Bensville, IL; Houston, TX; Norcross, GA; Philadelphia, PA; Plantation,
       FL; Rancho Cordova, CA
     Case Management Organization
 
     Travelers Medical Management Services Inc. (TMMS)
     Albany, NY; Alpharetta, GA; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Bedford, NH;
       Brentwood, TN; Brookfield, WI; Buffalo, NY; Chantilly, VA; Charlotte,
       NC; Cleveland, OH; Columbia, SC; Creve Coeur, MO; Dallas, TX; Diamond
       Barr, CA; East Hanover, NJ; Englewood, CO; Hartford, CT; Honolulu, HI;
       Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Melville, NY; Memphis, TN;
       Metairie, LA; Middleboro, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Mt. Prospect, IL;
       Naperville, IL; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Overland Park, KS; Phoenix,
       AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Rancho Cordova, CA; Richmond, VA;
       Rochester, NY; Seattle, WA; Southfield, MI; Sunrise, FL; Syracuse, NY;
       Van Nuys, CA; Walnut Creek, CA; West Des Moines, IA; Wyomissing, PA
     Workers' Compensation Utilization Management
 
     Tufts Associated Heath Plans, Inc.
     Waltham, MA
     Health Utilization Management
 
     United Behavioral Health
     Hilliard, OH; San Diego, CA; Minnetonka, MN; Itasca, IL; Atlanta, GA; St
       Louis, MO; Corral Gables, FL
     Health Utilization Management
 
     ValueOptions, Inc. Including subsidiaries: Consulting Health Care
       Systems/OPTIONS; First Hospital Corporation-Nebraska dba Value Options
       Nebraska; GHI/BMP; Health Management Strategies; Massachusetts
       Behavioral Health Partnership
     Albuquerque, NM; Boston, MA; Colorado Springs, CO; Falls Church, VA;
       Irving, TX; Long Beach, CA; New York, NY; Norfolk, VA; Omaha, NE;
       Research Triangle Park, NC; Southfield, MI; Tampa, FL; Topeka, KS;
       Troy, NY
     Health Utilization Management
 
     URAC accreditation lasts for two years, at which time an organization
 again must go through the accreditation process.  A complete list of URAC-
 accredited organizations is available on URAC's web site at
 http://www.urac.org .
 
 SOURCE  URAC