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AmeriHealth becomes one of the first health plans in the New Jersey region to earn NCQA Health Equity Accreditation

By September 29, 2023January 17th, 2024Health Equity Press Releases

Cranbury, NJ – September 29, 2023 – AmeriHealth has earned Health Equity Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for all its insurance plans. Only approximately five percent of plans nationally have been awarded this recognition for their health equity work. The three-year Health Equity Accreditation recognizes and validates AmeriHealth’s commitment to address the root causes of health inequity. It also supports the current work the organization has been doing to dismantle structural racism and create health justice for all.

“At AmeriHealth, we are committed to addressing disparities in health and achieving equity for all,” says Mike Munoz, Market President of AmeriHealth. “I am incredibly proud of the dedication and commitment from our associates in ensuring this continues to remain a founding organizational principle. This accreditation is a testament to their work in prioritizing access, education, resources, and innovation to ensure a more equitable healthcare environment for our communities.”

NCQA awards Health Equity Accreditation to organizations that meet or exceed its rigorous requirements for health equity. To earn it, health plans must show that they have a standardized framework in place to carry out their health equity efforts and an internal culture that supports those efforts. They must also conduct work that helps reduce health inequities and improve care, as well as have a way to collect data on race, ethnicity, language, gender identity, and sexual orientation. This information helps make certain that the health plan offers services and provider networks that are mindful of their members’ cultural and linguistic needs.

“The prevalence of racial and ethnic disparities has been a barrier to improving the quality of health care of many Americans for too long,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Organizations achieving Health Equity Accreditation are leaders in closing this gap, and NCQA commends them for their dedication.”

Earning this Health Equity Accreditation is an important step on the AmeriHealth health equity roadmap and commitment to improve the health and well-being of all members. More specifically, it underscores the criticality of AmeriHealth’s ongoing efforts to:

  • Reduce racial disparities in severe maternal morbidity, depression screening, diabetes control, and many more.
  • Remove race-based adjustments from clinical decision support tools and eliminate beliefs in medicine that have existed for decades, and which can lead to poorer outcomes and contribute to inequities in care for members.
  • Improve maternal health outcomes through support for unconscious bias training for birth workers by the March of Dimes.
  • Give members and the community more opportunities to share feedback and participate in advisory committees.
  • Collaborate with community partners, health systems, and universities to identify critical social determinant needs and barriers to health care access in our region. Provide support where most essential.
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Carly LePore

Carly LePore joined AmeriHealth in 2018 where today she serves as the organization's Corporate Communications Manager. She plays a key role in protecting and promoting the AmeriHealth New Jersey brand by providing strategic counsel on matters related to media relations, speaking engagements and public appearances as well as internal associate communications.

As a member of AmeriHealth’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, Carly plays an integral role in helping cultivate a welcoming and inclusive work environment within the company.

Carly brings more than a decade of experience in public/media relations as well as corporate and associate communications. Carly earned her B.A. in public relations with a minor in sociology from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.