MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin announced today that is has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which awards distinction to organizations that meet or exceed its rigorous requirements for multicultural health care. In acknowledgement of these efforts, NCQA awarded the health plan with the Multicultural Health Care Distinction, which recognizes organizations that lead the market in providing culturally and linguistically sensitive services and that work to reduce health care disparities.
“As the demographics of Wisconsin shift and become more diverse, it is essential that we’re able to continue providing high quality healthcare to all of our Medicaid members and providers,” said Leon Lamoreaux, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin Medicaid plan president. “We are honored to receive the NCQA Multicultural Health Care Distinction and believe this award validates our unwavering commitment to making a positive impact in the diverse communities we serve.”
In addition, NCQA also awarded the Multicultural Health Care Distinction to 16 other Medicaid health plans affiliated with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin’s parent company.
“Earning Multicultural Health Care Distinction shows that an organization is making a breakthrough in providing excellent health care to diverse populations. I congratulate any organization that achieves this level of distinction,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care is essential to improving the quality of care overall.”
The NCQA Multicultural Health Care Distinction is a symbol of quality in organizational efforts to address the diverse needs of its members. The Multicultural Health Care Distinction evaluates organizations, such as health plans, wellness, disease management, and managed behavioral health organizations, through use of an evidence-based set of requirements. These standards create a roadmap for improving and refining initiatives.
About Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin
Anthem is one of 18 health insurance companies in Wisconsin offering BadgerCare Plus. BadgerCare Plus is for pregnant women, children age 19 and under, and adults who meet income requirements.
Anthem is one of 10 health insurance companies in Wisconsin offering Medicaid SSI. Medicaid SSI is for Wisconsin residents who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and offers extra support to adults with special health care needs or a disability.
NCQA is a private, nonprofit 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.