FAQ Directory: Utilization Management, Credentialing and Provider Network

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8.24.2018 What other organizations have earned Provider Network Accreditation?

Several organizations have earned NCQA Provider Network Accreditation. See the NCQA Report Card for a directory of accredited organizations.

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8.24.2018 What is Provider Network Accreditation?

NCQA Provider Network Accreditation is a comprehensive, evidence-based program dedicated to quality improvement that evaluates the accessibility and transparency of organization networks and credentialing of practitioners and providers. NCQA-Accredited organizations demonstrate they have the internal processes and procedures to effectively manage access to care and member experience while ensuring that practitioners and providers are appropriately credentialed.

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8.24.2018 What other organizations have earned Utilization Management Accreditation?

More than 50 organizations have earned NCQA Utilization Management Accreditation. See the NCQA Report Card for a directory of accredited organizations.

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8.24.2018 What organizations are eligible for Utilization Management Accreditation?

Utilization Management Accreditation is for organizations that provide full scope utilization management services. Eligible organizations:

  • Must not be licensed as an HMO, POS, PPO or EPO.
  • Must not be eligible for NCQA Accreditation as a health plan or an MBHO.
  • Must perform utilization management functions directly or through a contract.
  • Must perform utilization management activities for at least 50% of the members.
Note: “Members” refers to membership of clients and organizations.

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8.24.2018 How long does it take to earn Utilization Management Accreditation?

The typical evaluation time frame is 12 months from application submission to decision, depending on an organization’s readiness. Some organizations may already be working within NCQA guidelines.

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8.24.2018 Where can I find the Provider Network Standards and Guidelines?

8.24.2018 What is the process for earning Utilization Management Accreditation?

The first step to earning accreditation is a discussion with an NCQA program expert. Purchase and review the program resources, conduct a gap analysis and submit your online application.

Align your organization’s processes with the utilization management standards. NCQA conducts the survey and determines your accreditation status within 30 days of the final review.

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8.24.2018 What are the Provider Network Accreditation requirements?

Provider Network Accreditation assesses an organization’s performance in the following key areas:

Credentialing and recredentialing
Network management
  • Protecting information
  • Maintaining adequate network
  • Verifying credentials
  • Providing access to appointments
  • Ongoing monitoring of sanctions and complaints
  • Continuity and coordination of care
 
  • Providing directory information
 

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8.24.2018 How does Utilization Management Accreditation help my organization?

NCQA Utilization Management Accreditation is designed to ensure that organizations pursuing accreditation can deliver fair and timely determinations to get the proper care to patients while effectively managing resources. The standards provide a framework for adopting industry best practices to objectively and efficiently evaluate the appropriateness of requested health care services.

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8.24.2018 How does Provider Network Accreditation help my organization?

Use the NCQA Provider Network Accreditation standards to perform a gap analysis and determine improvement areas. The standards provide a framework for implementing industry best practices to:

  • Improve operational efficiencies.
    • Consistent monitoring of practitioner availability and accessibility of services.
    • Efficient collection and analysis of member-experience data.
    • Appropriate credentialing of practitioners and providers.
  • Elevate your organization’s reputation. Accreditation demonstrates that your organization has the processes and procedures to provide effective network management services.
  • Align with state requirements. Use accreditation standards to improve your internal operations and align with state requirements.
  • Improve contracting opportunities. Ability to reduce administrative responsibility for NCQA-Accredited organizations that delegate network management and credentialing activities.
 

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8.24.2018 Where can I find information to help me get started with Utilization Management Accreditation?

8.24.2018 What is the process for earning Provider Network Accreditation?

The first step to earning accreditation is a discussion with an NCQA program expert. Purchase and review the program resources, conduct a gap analysis and submit your online application.

Align your organization’s processes with the Provider Network standards. NCQA conducts the survey and determines your accreditation status within 30 days of the final review.

 

  See a step-by-step process.

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