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Amerigroup is the first health plan in Louisiana to receive this acknowledgement for providing culturally diverse programs and decreasing health disparities among Louisianans
Amerigroup Louisiana, a leading statewide provider of Medicaid managed care services, announced 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 Louisiana Medicaid health plan with the Multicultural Health Care Distinction, which recognizes organizations that lead the market in providing culturally and linguistically sensitive services, and work to reduce health care disparities.
“Amerigroup Louisiana is proud to be the first health plan in the state to be awarded NCQA’s Multicultural Health Care Distinction,” said Aaron Lambert, president of Amerigroup Louisiana. “We understand the importance of addressing our state’s ethnically diverse demographics through recognition of the cultural and socio-economic factors that impact our members’ access to high quality health care. It is an honor to receive this distinction as acknowledgement of our comprehensive approach, and we look forward to continuing our work of enhancing health care delivery in the diverse communities that we serve.”
In addition, NCQA also awarded the Multicultural Health Care Distinction to 16 other Medicaid health plans affiliated with Amerigroup’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 AMERIGROUP LOUISIANA
Amerigroup Louisiana is a managed health care provider that has been serving the state since 2012, and currently serves the state’s Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion and LaCHIP programs. Amerigroup Louisiana recognizes the challenges low-income and underserved individuals face, and tailors its programs such that health plan members are assured care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered. Amerigroup Louisiana provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their healthcare. Also, through health education programs, members are empowered to choose and sustain healthy lifestyles. To learn more about Amerigroup, visit www.myamerigroup.com/LA.
NCQA is a private, non-profit 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.
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