ALBUQUERQUE — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) has recently been awarded a Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Distinction by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.
NCQA’s LTSS Distinction is awarded to health plans that demonstrate high quality, effective health care and social services standards that align with state requirements for vulnerable individuals needing LTSS services, including those who are older or have disabilities. Additionally, health plans must have core functions in place, such as person-centered care planning, effective care transitions and critical-incident management systems with built-in health equity principles and patient protections.
“We are proud to have been recognized by NCQA for the work we have accomplished to provide effective, coordinated care to our more than 10,000 members that receive long-term services and supports across the state,” said Nancy Smith-Leslie, vice president of Medicaid at BCBSNM. “Receiving this distinction further showcases our commitment and promise to the state to advance quality initiatives for integrated care and improve the overall health care outcomes for all New Mexicans.”
BCBSNM serves more than 270,000 New Mexico Medicaid members across the state and has participated in the state’s Medicaid program since 2008.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is the largest commercial health insurer in New Mexico with nearly 700,000 New Mexicans carrying a Blue Cross and Blue Shield card. Since 1940, BCBSNM has been committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. BCBSNM is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer. Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
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’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. In recognition for its leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion, NCQA has won the Excellence in Diversity Award from the Chesapeake Human Resources Association. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more-informed health care choices. NCQA can be found online at ncqa.org, on Twitter @ncqa, and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.