Community First Health Plans awarded interim NCQA accreditation

San Antonio – Community First Health Plans, the only local, nonprofit health insurer in the Bexar County service delivery area, recently earned accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, or NCQA, for its Medicaid, Commercial and Health Insurance Marketplace lines of business.NCQAlogo

The interim accreditation status is effective from May 8, 2014, to Nov. 8, 2015. NCQA Health Plan accreditation is a nationally recognized evaluation that purchasers, regulators and consumers can use to assess health plans. It evaluates the quality of health care that health plans provide to their members.

“NCQA accreditation is significant because this means our organization meets the national standards in delivering quality health care to the San Antonio and South Texas community that we proudly serve,” said Community First President and CEO Greg Gieseman.

The accreditation process was led by Community First Medical Director Dr. Matha Arun, who said of the news: “What this means for us in particular, is Community First has accomplished a higher standard of quality health care that we provide to our own members through our providers.”

NCQA standards are intended to help organizations achieve the highest level of performance possible and create an environment of continuous quality improvement. Community First is working to reach fully accredited status over the next 18 months through a survey and review process.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.

About Community First Health Plans

CFHP was established in 1995 by the University Health System, specifically to provide health care coverage to the citizens of Bexar and the surrounding counties. As the only locally owned and managed, non-profit health plan in the area, CFHP’s commitment to our members is to provide great health care benefits backed by outstanding service, delivered by people who live right here in South Texas. Visit http://www.cfhp.com/ for more information.

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