Amerigroup, a New Jersey health insurance company, has recognized Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group for providing outstanding care and helping the insurer earn a national quality honor.
Amerigroup New Jersey recently presented its 2017 Award of Superior Quality to the Haddon Heights, NJ-based practice. Attendees at the award ceremony included NJ Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones and leadership from Amerigroup and Advocare.
“While we continually strive to enhance the health of every patient, we are especially proud of our successes with our young Medicaid patients, many of whom may face greater health challenges such as obesity and type II diabetes,” said Dr. Michael Schlitt of Advocare Haddon Pediatrics. “We greatly appreciate Amerigroup’s recognition, and are honored to partner with them to improve the quality of care.”
The award recognizes Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group’s key role in helping the insurer earn a prestigious national recognition: In September, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded Amerigroup New Jersey with a Health Plan Accreditation status of “Commendable” – making it the only Medicaid plan in the state to achieve this accreditation status.
“Several factors contributed to this achievement, but among the most significant was the superior quality of practices like Advocare Haddon Pediatrics,” said John Koehn, president of Amerigroup New Jersey. “This practice was among the top-quality practices in our network in 2017.”
Advocare Haddon Pediatrics serves a large proportion of Amerigroup’s members. The two entities have formed an innovative partnership, which includes a “value-based” payment contract that rewards quality, patient satisfaction, and lower overall cost of care.
The NCQA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality, posts its 2017 Accreditation Ratings online, including the results for New Jersey Medicaid.
The annual accreditation report rates more than 1,000 commercial, Medicaid and Medicare plans based on consumer satisfaction, prevention and treatment. An accreditation of “Commendable” by the NCQA rankings indicates that a health plan is providing service and clinical quality that meets or exceeds NCQA’s rigorous requirements for consumer protection and quality improvement.
For more information on Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group, click here or call (856) 547-7300.
Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group receives the 2017 Award of Superior Quality from Amerigroup New Jersey. From left are Chuck McQueary, Advocare executive vice president and chief operating officer; Michael T. Schlitt, MD, of Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group; NJ Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones; Mark G. Schlitt, MD, of Advocare Haddon Pediatrics; Howard A. Orel, MD, Advocare president & CEO; and John Koehn, president of Amerigroup New Jersey. (Photo provided)
Advocare, LLC (“Advocare”) is a physician-owned and governed medical group operating in New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia metropolitan region. Founded in 1998 as an alliance of 33 pediatricians in southern New Jersey, Advocare has grown to become widely recognized and highly respected as one of the region’s largest, independent, multi-specialty physician groups. Advocare serves approximately 590,000 patients at nearly 200 locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Advocare physicians are regularly recognized among the region’s top doctors.
Since 2012, more than 60 Advocare doctors have been named “Top Docs” by New Jersey and Pennsylvania consumer magazines.
Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group, part of the Advocare network, has served the South Jersey community for nearly 100 years. Today, the practice has offices in Haddon Heights and Mullica Hill. The family-owned group has six board-certified physicians and three pediatric nurse practitioners.
Advocare Haddon Pediatrics is an NCQA-recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home – a designation based on nationally recognized clinical standards for the delivery of high-quality care.
About Amerigroup New Jersey
Amerigroup is part of the Anthem Government Business Division (GBD). Through the GBD, Anthem serves 7.4 million seniors, people with disabilities, low-income families and other state and federally sponsored beneficiaries, and National Government Services enrollees (including the Federal Employee Program) in 26 states, making us the nation’s leading provider of health care solutions for public programs. Amerigroup accepts all eligible people regardless of age, sex, race or disability.
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes clinicians in key clinical areas. NCQA’s HEDIS® is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (www.ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.
(Source: Media Release)