Local Disease Management Program Earns NCQA Certification
Lehigh Valley, PA -- A locally-developed disease management program recently received two high performance certifications from a leading authority driving quality standards in the American health care system, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA),.
NCQA has reviewed and certified Lehigh Valley Health Network, a nationally recognized health care quality leader, with Program Design and Systems Certification.
Lehigh Valley Health Network’s disease management program provides education and self empowerment to patients with the chronic conditions of asthma (adult and pediatric), congestive heart failure (CHF), coronary artery disease/vascular, diabetes, healthy lifestyle (weight management), hyperlipidemia and hypertension. The program was created by Valley Preferred, a preferred provider organization aligned with Lehigh Valley Health Network.
NCQA Disease Management Certification standards, which include evidence-based programs, patient service and care coordination, are intended to help health organizations achieve the highest level of performance possible, reduce patient risk, and create an environment of continuous improvement. According to Valley Preferred's executive director, Jack A. Lenhart, MD, "NCQA certification is a rigorous, voluntary review process that involves on-site and off-site components. Lehigh Valley Health Network is proud to have achieved NCQA's standards of quality and performance with certification in these two important categories."
The standards are developed with input from researchers in the field, the Disease Management Advisory Council (DMAC) and standing committees, employers, purchasers and operators of disease management programs, state and federal regulators, and other experts.
Lehigh Valley Health Network’s disease management program has recently expanded to include care of patients with the chronic condition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
"Disease management offers tremendous promise for improving the care received by the chronically ill," said NCQA President Margaret E. O'Kane. "By achieving NCQA Disease Management Certification, an organization is showing that it is ready to provide specific services that can help fulfill that promise."
Since its founding in 1990, the NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda.
About Lehigh Valley Health Network
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes three hospital facilities - two in Allentown and one in Bethlehem, Pa.; nine health centers caring for communities in four counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Primary Stroke Center. Lehigh Valley Health Network has been recognized by US News & World Report for 15 consecutive years as one of America’s Best Hospitals; is a national Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing; and has been honored nine straight years among the top integrated health networks in the U.S. Lehigh Valley Hospital has been selected as a National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program. Additional information is available at lvhn.org and by following us on facebook.com/LVHealthNetwork and twitter.com/LVHNnews.
About Valley Preferred
Valley Preferred, a leading preferred provider organization aligned with Lehigh Valley Health Network, is dedicated to connecting local businesses and individuals with quality health care coverage while also providing valuable clinical knowledge, practices and services to enhance personal health. Valley Preferred’s clinical collaborative products, Lehigh Select (HealthAmerica) and Valley Series (UnitedHealthcare) offer distinct advantages for employers, employees and providers with comprehensive disease management, wellness programs and more. Valley Preferred’s corporate philosophy is reflected in its performance promise of Care Beyond the Coverage. We work closely with members, their doctors and contracted health insurance companies to deliver better health care above and beyond the policy level. Through BeneFITSM, its suite of custom health education and wellness programs, Valley Preferred promotes healthier lifestyles for company employees and a culture of wellness in the workplace. This includes providing a wellness assessment, health workshops and seminars, tobacco cessation resources, corporate health fairs and screenings, and disease management programs. Valley Preferred also offers a BeneFIT Toolkit, which is a step-by-step reference guide designed to assist companies with improving employee wellness. For more information, visit www.valleypreferred.com.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assessing and reporting on the quality of managed care plans, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, preferred provider organizations, new health plans, physician organizations, credentials verification organizations, disease management programs and other health-related programs.