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Practice Reaffirms Highest Attainable Level of Accreditation by NCAQ
Middletown, N.Y. – October 7, 2015 – The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Crystal Run Healthcare has again achieved Level 2 accreditation as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Level Two Accreditation demonstrates organizations with a broad range of ACO capabilities, as well as those with the best chance of achieving the “Triple Aim” of better care, better health, and lower cost. In 2012, Crystal Run Healthcare was the first ACO to earn accreditation in New York State and was among the first four ACOs to be accredited on a national level. The length of accreditation standing is three years.
This most recent recognition is both a reflection and the result of Crystal Run Healthcare’s leadership in health care transformation and reform as well as the practice’s commitment to medical excellence. Crystal Run Healthcare has been a leader in value-based care for the past 10 years, being one of the first 27 Accountable Care Organizations to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) beginning in 2012.
“Being one of only nine ACOs in the country accredited by NCQA reaffirms Crystal Run Healthcare’s commitment to providing high quality, patient centered, coordinated care to the population we serve. I am so proud of our providers and staff for all of the time and effort they devote to meeting the practice’s mission, vision, and values every single day,” said Scott Hines, MD, Chief Quality Officer, Medical Director at Crystal Run Healthcare.
The NCQA is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare. The NCQA ACO Accreditation evaluates a healthcare organization’s ability to coordinate patient-centered care and enhance the patient experience by improving clinical quality through evidence-based clinical practices that thereby reduce the cost of healthcare. The evaluation for the ACO Accreditation by NCQA includes a close examination of the following areas: ACO structure and Operations, Access to Needed Providers, Patient-Centered Primary Care, Care Management, Care Coordination and Transitions, Patient Rights and Responsibilities and Performance Reporting and Quality Improvement.