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Sunflower Health Plan Earns Prestigious Commendable Accreditation Status

Date: 10/10/16

Commendable Status

NCQA logoSunflower Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene Corporation, has achieved national health plan accreditation with a commendable status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The NCQA evaluates how well a health plan manages all parts of its delivery system – physicians, hospitals, other providers, and administrative services in order to continuously improve the quality of care and services provided to its members.

Sunflower Health Plan was first awarded NCQA accreditation in 2014, and today’s announcement of Commendable status demonstrates the health plan’s continuous improvement in quality measures.

“Achieving an accreditation status of Commendable from NCQA is a sign that a health plan is serious about quality,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, president, NCQA. “It is awarded to plans whose service and clinical quality meet or exceed NCQA’s rigorous requirements for consumer protection and quality improvement.”

Sunflower Health Plan serves approximately 145,000 Kansas Medicaid beneficiaries in the state’s KanCare program, which covers eligible pregnant women, children, the frail and elderly, as well as people with disabilities.  Sunflower has improved health and wellness outcomes for its members, such as controlling diabetes, increasing immunizations and enhancing employment opportunities.

“We are very pleased to be recognized for this accomplishment,” said Chris Coffey, president and chief executive officer of Sunflower Health Plan. “It is a reflection of the dedication from our health plan staff, network of physicians, hospitals and other providers to our members.  We continue to be committed to raising the quality of healthcare for the members we serve.”

The NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. The NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance.  The NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.