News Release

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage receive Health Plan Accreditation


Max Greenwood @ 501-378-2131

Little Rock, Ark. (July 29, 2013) — Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Health Advantage recently were granted health plan accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.

URAC’s Health Plan Accreditation standards require a comprehensive review of an organization’s operations. There are five sections in the health plan standards: network management; quality improvement; credentialing; member protection and utilization management. Companies must pass reviews of all of these sections to receive accreditation.

“We are honored to receive Health Plan Accreditation from URAC,” said Mike Brown, Arkansas Blue Cross executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We are very pleased to be recognized in the industry for providing outstanding services. Our mission to bring quality health care services to our members always has guided our business practices, and each division in the company demonstrated this by helping Arkansas Blue Cross achieve health plan accreditation.”

“We applaud Arkansas Blue Cross on achieving URAC Health Plan Accreditation” said URAC Chief Operating Officer William Vandervennet. “In today’s health care market, URAC accreditation provides a mark of distinction for organizations to demonstrate their commitment to quality health care.”

About URAC
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.

About Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Founded in 1948, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the largest health insurer in Arkansas. Arkansas Blue Cross and its affiliates have more than 2,700 employees. If combined, the 38 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans collectively provide health care coverage for 100 million Americans.

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