ACHC Behavioral Health Accreditation Accepted by Highmark Health

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Accreditation Commission for Health Care’s Behavioral Health Accreditation program recently received acceptance by Highmark Health, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Effective August 2015, the Highmark Health approval permits ACHC-accredited behavioral health providers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia to access the network.

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Accreditation Commission for Health Care’s Behavioral Health Accreditation program recently received acceptance by Highmark Health, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Effective August 2015, the Highmark Health approval permits ACHC-accredited behavioral health providers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia to access the network.

Highmark Health is among the 10 largest health insurers in the United States, and is the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia that serve 5.3 million members. Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.

“ACHC is committed to partnering with behavioral healthcare providers to deliver the highest quality of care. Our Behavioral Health Accreditation program offers a range of service-specific standards that align with the individual needs of providers,” said Teresa Harbour, Associate Clinical Director, Home Health, Hospice, Private Duty, and Behavioral Health. “Recognition by Highmark Health allows behavioral health providers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia the flexibility to choose an accreditation organization that compliments the goals of their business.”

ACHC offers a patient-focused approach to Behavioral Health Accreditation with principles that were developed with direct input from industry professionals to ensure relevant and realistic standards. In order to remain flexible to the needs of providers, ACHC’s Behavioral Health Accreditation program offers standards specific to over 15 different services. The organization’s consultative approach to accreditation is designed to facilitate a higher quality of patient care while enhancing business efficiencies.

ACHC is a not-for-profit accreditation organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. The organization has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice, and DMEPOS and a Quality Management System that is certified to ISO 9001:2008. ACHC’s broad range of accreditation programs also includes Pharmacy, Private Duty Nursing, and Sleep. ACHC is the provider’s choice for accreditation because of its personal Account Advisors, relevant and realistic standards, competitive pricing, and consultative approach to accreditation. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

For more information on ACHC’s accreditation programs and educational resources, or to download ACHC Accreditation Standards, please visit http://www.achc.org or contact them at customerservice(at)achc(dot)org or 855-937-2242.

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