AGP Texas Earns Accreditation

Amerigroup Texas, Inc. Earns Commendable NCQA Accreditation

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013) – Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., announced the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded accreditation status of "Commendable" to its Texas health plan, Amerigroup Texas, Inc.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the NCQA and are committed to offering services that meet the health needs of our members," said LeAnn Behrens, president, Medicaid Health Plan–Texas. "We place a strong focus on quality improvement and state budget savings and are proud our efforts are improving the health care landscape in Texas."

Amerigroup Texas has innovative programs to help make the health care system work better including:

  • Obstetrics (OB) Case Management – This program is designed to improve birth outcomes of high-risk pregnant members. The Amerigroup Texas OB Case Management program includes a team of experienced OB registered nurses. As a result of this program, Amerigroup’s premature delivery rate consistently has been below the state average for the past 10 years
  • Service Coordination for People with Disabilities and Seniors – This program focuses on providing service coordination to members with disabilities and seniors with physical, medical, mental, social and/or functional needs
  • Asthma Case Management – This program proactively identifies and responds to the health care needs of members who suffer from asthma
  • Rising State of Texas Access Reform (STAR – This program focuses on stabilizing members who are frequently hospitalized for conditions related to mental health and substance abuse. As a result of the program, the total monthly medical costs for Rising STAR members currently active in the program decreased by 28 percent

    According to NCQA guidelines, "Commendable" accreditation is awarded to organizations with well-established programs for service and clinical quality that meet rigorous requirements for consumer protection and quality improvement.

    About Amerigroup Texas

    Amerigroup has provided health care coverage in the state since 1996. We currently serve 770,000 members enrolled in various programs, including State of Texas Access Reform (STAR), STAR+PLUS, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicare Advantage programs in 230 counties. We also offer Medicare Advantage plans in several counties. Our associates share genuine pride in making a difference in the lives of people who might need a little help. We are fortunate to call these combined efforts our work. Together with WellPoint’s affiliated health plans, we serve more than 4.5 million beneficiaries of state sponsored health plans in 19 states, making us the nation’s leading provider of health care solutions for public programs.

    About NCQA

    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 HEDIS® is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.