Cigna’s Behavioral Health Care Centers Earn Full Accreditation
from The National Committee for Quality Assurance
At the end of 2008, all four of Cigna’s behavioral health care centers nationwide
earned “Full” accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). In
the past, these centers were each evaluated and accredited separately. Now, for the first
time, all of the centers have been evaluated and accredited simultaneously, in keeping with
Cigna’s status as a national behavioral health service organization. The accreditation
is valid for three years.
“Having NCQA’s ‘quality seal of approval’ for our behavioral health
care centers is a powerful validation of Cigna’s commitment to excellence in our quest
to improve the health, well-being and security of the people we serve,” said Jodi Prohofsky,
Cigna’s senior vice president of health solutions operations. “And receiving
simultaneous accreditation for all of our behavioral health care centers underscores our
commitment to offering a national service organization, ready to help people wherever they
are throughout the country.”
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA
accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes physicians
in key clinical areas. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®)
is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care today. NCQA is committed
to providing health care quality information through the Web, media and data licensing agreements
in order to help individuals, employers and others make more informed health care choices.
The NCQA accreditations, which are valid through Dec. 31, 2011, apply to Cigna’s centers
in Dallas; Glendale, Calif.; Lutherville, Md.; and Eden Prairie, Minn. The centers provide
services such as behavioral health care benefits management, credentialing and recredentialing
of the behavioral health care providers in Cigna’s network, monitoring of feedback from
people enrolled in Cigna’s behavioral health plans, management of preventive health programs,
and oversight of the company’s quality improvement initiatives.
Cigna (NYSE:CI), a global health service company, is dedicated to helping people improve their
health, well-being and security. Cigna Corporation’s operating subsidiaries provide an
integrated suite of medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, as
well as group life, accident and disability insurance, to approximately 47 million people throughout
the United States and around the world. To learn more about Cigna, visit www.cigna.com.