SOURCE: HealthSpring

HealthSpring

February 08, 2011 09:30 ET

HealthSpring's LivingWell Health Centers Receive Key Recognition

National Committee on Quality Assurance Grants Patient Centered Medical Home Designation

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - LivingWell Health Centers by HealthSpring have received the National Committee on Quality Assurance's (NCQA) Patient Centered Medical Home recognition.

The National Committee on Quality Assurance is a non-profit organization nationally known for their work improving health care quality. The organization's Patient Centered Medical Home recognition requires physicians or medical practice locations to meet stringent quality measures and undergo an extensive application and review process.

"We are so pleased our LivingWell Health Centers have achieved this recognition," Director of LivingWell Development and Operations Cheryl Dingeldein said. "This NCQA recognition is an important way to formalize what it means to be a patient centered medical home, and we were confident LivingWell would meet the criteria. We believe this model of integrated quality care benefits our members and is the answer to many of the problems in the current healthcare system. We truly do want to be our members' medical home, where they are comfortable and receive the complete care they need."

LivingWell Health Centers by HealthSpring are designed specifically for Medicare beneficiaries who are HealthSpring Medicare Advantage members. The company operates LivingWell Centers in Gallatin, Tenn.; Houston, Texas; and Mobile, Ala. The Centers provide a Care Team led by the primary care physician and including a specially-trained nurse, a pharmacist and other health professionals dedicated to the member's care. The Centers also include on-site services such as radiology and lab and a full teaching kitchen, health classes and other educational and community support resources.

To find physicians who have received the NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home recognition, visit the NCQA Physician Directory at http://recognition.ncqa.org. For more information about LivingWell Health Centers by HealthSpring, visit www.lwhc.com.

HealthSpring is based in Nashville, Tenn., and is one of the country's largest Medicare Advantage coordinated care plans. HealthSpring currently owns and operates Medicare Advantage plans in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C. HealthSpring also offers a national stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan. For more information, visit www.healthspring.com. Media information is available at HealthSpring's press site: http://press.healthspring.com.