WOONSOCKET, R.I. - CVS Caremark on Monday announced that its Accordant Health Services division has received full NCQA Patient and Practitioner Oriented Disease Management accreditation for programs to support: epilepsy (seizures), rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, Parkinson's disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or Lupus), myasthenia gravis, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, scleroderma, polymyositis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), dermatomyositis and Gaucher disease.
"Earning this accreditation from NCQA demonstrates Accordant's commitment to improving the overall health and well-being of the patients we support," stated Troyen Brennan, chief medical officer of CVS Caremark. "Our coordinated, holistic care management programs provide patients with the support and tools necessary to help them holistically manage their rare diseases while working to improve health outcomes and reduce avoidable utilization."
"Earning NCQA accreditation provides our clients with further assurance as to the quality of our care management programs for rare and complex conditions," added Trip Hofer, president, Accordant Health Services. "NCQA Disease Management accreditation also supports our clients in their own quality improvement activities and can help simplify the delegation oversight process."
Earning full NCQA DM Accreditation is an indication that a DM program is dedicated to giving patients and/or practitioners the support, education and other help necessary to facilitate good outcomes and good care. NCQA's DM Accreditation program is designed to help purchasers evaluate DM programs and to improve patient care and service.
Patient and practitioner oriented DM accreditation is the most comprehensive option and is for organizations that work with both patients and practitioners. These programs address interventions toward patients and interact with the patients' practitioners to support their plan of care.
"NCQA's Disease Management Accreditation program is thorough and rigorous. It's designed to highlight only those programs that truly improve chronic care," noted NCQA president Margaret O'Kane.