|[February 04, 2014]
Priority Health becomes Michigan's only health plan to earn Wellness Accreditation
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. --(Business Wire)--
Priority Health has become the only health plan in Michigan to receive
wellness accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance
(NCQA). The accreditation from the NCQA, an organization focused on
improving the quality of health care, certifies Priority Health as a
leader in implementing wellness programs in the workplace. This
recognition comes as Priority Health renews its commitment to improve
the health and lives of the people it works with by enhancing its
employer-based wellness programs.
"At Priority Health, we understand that by identifying and addressing
specific health risks, we are able to help employers lead their
organizations and their employees to the rewards of fewer health risks,
improved well-being and a measurable return on their health care
investment," said Kandi Lannen, director of wellness for Priority Health.
Priority Health is offering customized wellness plans and solutions to
improve employee health and performance and effectively reduce overall
health care costs for employers. Priority Health's wellness services,
such as health assessments and biometric screenings, classes and fitness
challenges, health coaching and in-depth reporting, help engage
employees in a healthier lifestyle and improve their overall well-being.
"We have long promoted workplace wellness and helped prove that
changes can be made," added Lannen. "Michigan employers who participated
in the Priority Health HealthbyChoiceSM
incentive-based health plans have saved more than $2.7 million in
medical claims andproductivity-related costs over the last three years."
"NCQA's wellness accreditation, entitled Wellness and Health Promotion
Accreditation, requires organizations to demonstrate their ability to
achieve and exceed well-defined standards and quality measures," said
Margaret E. O'Kane, NCQA President. "The NCQA seal will provide
employers and consumers with the information they need to choose the
best programs in their market."
NCQA measured the number of wellness performance guidelines that
Priority Health submitted against a minimum scoring threshold. Priority
Health is proud to be one of eight health plans nationwide to earn this
This is not the first time that NCQA has recognized the health plan.
Priority Health has earned "excellent" accreditation from the NCQA, the
highest level a health plan can achieve, for its Commercial HMO/POS,
Medicaid, Medicare PPO and Medicare HMO/POS plans. This also marks the
second consecutive year that Priority Health has earned Michigan's only
accreditation for wellness by the NCQA.
"We are tremendously proud of the recognition we've received over the
years from the National Committee for Quality Assurance," Lannen said.
"It symbolizes our commitment to ensure that all of our members and
their families receive the highest quality care."
About Priority Health:
Priority Health is an award-winning, Michigan-based non-profit health
plan nationally recognized for improving the health and lives its
members. It continues to lead the industry in engaging members in their
health, delivering effective health and disease management programs, and
working with physicians to improve health care outcomes and performance.
Priority Health is one of only 20 health plans nationwide with wellness
programs accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an
organization that also rated our plans among the best health plans in
the nation. Priority Health was also named the benchmark plan, by the
State of Michigan, for all individual and group plans to model.
Priority Health offers a broad portfolio of health benefit options for
employer groups and individuals, including Medicare and Medicaid plans.
Its network of health care providers features 95 percent of practicing
physicians available in Michigan and more than 900,000 nationwide. For
more information visit priorityhealth.com.
About NCQA's Wellness and Health Promotion Accreditation:
NCQA's Wellness & Health Promotion Accreditation comprehensively
assesses key areas of health promotion, including how wellness programs
are implemented in the workplace, how services such as coaching are
provided to help participants develop skills to make healthy choices and
how individual health information is properly safeguarded.
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