UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kentucky awarded NCQA Health Equity accreditation

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kentucky has earned Health Equity accreditation status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This accreditation is awarded to organizations that meet or exceed rigorous health equity requirements in the following areas: organizational readiness; race/ethnicity, language, gender identity and sexual orientation; access and availability of language services; practitioner network cultural sensitivity; culturally and linguistically appropriate service programs; and reducing disparities in health care.

“We are honored to receive this recognition, which comes as a result of hard work with our state partners, providers and community organizations to identify and reduce the most severe health disparities affecting our communities,” said Krista Hensel, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Map Kentucky. “We remain determined to expand access to high-quality, person-centered care across the Commonwealth and help Kentuckians live healthier lives.”

In addition to meeting NCQA Health Equity accreditation requirements, UnitedHealthcare and its holding company, UnitedHealth Group, have funded several projects to help address health equity and social drivers of health in Kentucky. A few examples include:

“Achieving Health Equity accreditation demonstrates that the organization is making strides 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 critical to improving the overall quality of care.”

For more information on NCQA Health Equity accreditation, visit www.ncqa.org.

About NCQA

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 areas of practice. NCQA’s Healthcare Efficiency Data and Information System (HEDIS®) is the most widely used tool for measuring healthcare performance. The NCQA website (ncqa.org) contains information that helps consumers, employers, and others make informed health care decisions. You can find NCQA online at ncqa.orgme Twitter @ncqaon Facebook at facebook.com/NCQA.org/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and improving the health care system for all by simplifying the health care experience, meeting the health and wellness needs of consumers, and maintaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers a full spectrum of health care programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.6 million physicians and care professionals, and 8,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and provides care to people through health facilities it owns and operates in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the companies of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified healthcare company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow UnitedHealthcare at LinkedIn.

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