ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 23, 2009--Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) today announced that Peach State Health
Plan (Peach State), its wholly-owned Georgia subsidiary, has recently
received Accreditation Status by the National Committee for Quality
Assurance (NCQA) under the New Health Plan (NHP) Accreditation Program.
NCQA has granted Peach State Accreditation Status from December 12,
2008, through December 12, 2011. NCQA's New Health Plan Accreditation
Program applies to health plans that are less than 36 months old. The
program is distinct from NCQA's Health Plan Accreditation Program.
"This accomplishment for our Georgia health plan is a reflection of
Centene's commitment to provide better health outcomes by adhering to
the highest industry standards for our health plans and specialty
companies," said Dr. Mary Mason, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical
Officer. "We are proud of our health plan staff, network of physicians,
hospitals and other providers that are dedicated to providing quality
healthcare, and we are honored to receive this accreditation."
"Health plans that step forward to participate in NCQA's New Health Plan
Accreditation program early in their history are to be especially
commended. Our standards are rigorous, and by meeting them, Peach State
Health Plan has shown that it is well designed and serious about the
quality of care it provides," said NCQA President Margaret E. O'Kane.
The NCQA Accreditation process involves a comprehensive review of the
quality programs, clinical service measurements, as well as a rigorous
on- and off-site evaluation by a team of trained healthcare experts.
NCQA Accreditation standards are set high to encourage health plans to
continuously enhance their quality.
NCQA is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to
assessing and reporting on the quality of managed care plans, managed
behavioral healthcare organizations, preferred provider organizations,
new health plans, physician organizations, credentials verification
organizations, disease management programs and other health-related
Peach State has served the Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids
population in partnership with the Georgia Families Program since 2006.
As of September 30, 2008, Peach State had 283,900 members. For more
information, visit www.pshp.com.
About Centene Corporation
Centene Corporation is a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise that
provides programs and related services to individuals receiving benefits
under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program
(SCHIP), as well as Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD), Foster
Care, Long-Term Care and Medicare (Special Needs Plans). The Company
operates local health plans and offers a range of healthcare solutions
for the rising number of uninsured Americans. It also contracts with
other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty
services including behavioral health, life and health management,
managed vision, nurse triage, pharmacy benefits management and treatment
compliance. Information regarding Centene is available via the Internet
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Source: Centene Corporation