Both Point32Health health plans are among the first organizations nationally to achieve accreditation
CANTON, MA, November 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan, both Point32Health companies, have received full Healthcare Equity accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).1
“Health equity is a top priority for Point32Health, and we are extremely honored by this recognition from NCQA in our second year as a combined organization,” said Kane Hayes, president and CEO of Point32Health. “Point32Health will continue to develop new and innovative programs and initiatives to advance health equity and help fulfill our goal of ensuring our communities have access to fair, high-quality, and affordable health care.”
According to NCQA, health equity accreditation focuses on the foundation of health equity work, including: building an internal culture that supports the organization’s external work on health equity; collecting data that helps the organization to create and offer language services and networks of providers tailored to the cultural and linguistic needs of individuals; and identifying opportunities to reduce health disparities and improve care.
Point32Health’s vision of health equity is that all people have the opportunity to achieve their full health potential and no one is disadvantaged in achieving that potential because of social status or other socially defined circumstance. The company works to invest in resources, infrastructure and programs to address inequalities and inequities. To date, Point32Health has developed more than 70 initiatives to address health equity across the organization, positioning Point32Health to best address disparities within its members and the communities it serves. Examples of this work include contractual agreements with providers aimed at reducing health disparities, programs focused on maternal health, kidney disease, and access to health care in rural areas.
Point32Health is a leading health and wellness organization, delivering an ever-better health experience to everyone in our communities. Building on the quality nonprofit heritage of our founding organizations, Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, we use our experience and expertise to help people find their version of a healthier lifestyle through a wide range of health plans and tools that make navigating health and wellness easier.
Our programs give a 360-degree view of the health of our members – no matter their age, health, race, identity or income. Our institute works to improve population health – and our foundation works with communities to support, advocate and promote healthier lives for all. We use empathy to understand what is important to those we serve, always setting their priorities as our own. And we work to guide and empower people by bringing together a broad range of partners and perspectives to create new approaches that make a real difference for our community, our industry and our 2.2 million members across New England.
NCQA is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key performance areas. NCQA’s Healthcare Performance Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used tool for measuring performance in healthcare. The NCQA website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers, and others make informed health care choices. To learn more about NCQA’s work to improve health equity, please visit www.ncqa.org/health-equity. NCQA can also be found on Twitter @ncqa and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.
1 Accredited products include Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Commercial Combined (HMO/POS) MA/ME and Exchange (HMO) MA/ME plans, as well as Tufts Health Plan’s Medicaid and Exchange HMO plans.