Tufts Health Plan Awarded Wellness & Health Promotion Accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance
Becomes Only Plan in the Northeast to Achieve This Status

WATERTOWN, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/15/13 -- Based upon criteria measuring key areas of wellness and health promotion, Tufts Health Plan today announces it is the first health plan in the Northeast and one of only 20 organizations in the U.S. to receive the Wellness & Health Promotion (WHP) Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, or NCQA.

This designation reinforces the Watertown-based health insurer's commitment to providing outstanding wellness and health promotion programs to its customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The accreditation covers the company's Commercial HMO, POS and PPO products.

The Wellness & Health Promotion (WHP) Accreditation uses standardized measures to determine how well organizations implement wellness programs in the workplace, provide services such as coaching to help participants develop skills to make healthy choices, and properly safeguard individual health information.

The NCQA offers this recognition as part of the effort to integrate wellness programs into the health care industry.

"The NCQA has clearly identified us a leader in wellness. We are proud to have earned this award for having developed and implemented wellness and health promotion initiatives that meet the nation's highest standards for value and quality," said Paul Kasuba, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer. "The NCQA survey acknowledges our outstanding programs that we feel indeed help to change behaviors and make a real difference in people's lives."

The accreditation survey process includes on-site and off-site evaluations of 12 standards that measure the effectiveness of Tufts Health Plan's wellness and health promotion programs. A national oversight committee reviews those findings and assigns an accreditation level.

"NCQA's Wellness & Health Promotion Accreditation requires organizations to demonstrate their compliance with well-defined standards and quality measures," said Margaret E. O'Kane, NCQA President. The NCQA seal will provide employers and consumers with the information they need to choose the best program in their markets.

About 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. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.

About Tufts Health Plan

Tufts Health Plan is a nonprofit organization nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. The plan offers members and employers an array of health management programs, which support evidence-based approaches to health and wellness.

Tufts Health Plan is one of the few health insurers in Massachusetts to participate in the commercial, Medicare and Medicaid/subsidized markets, offering coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance. Its HMO and POS are ranked second in the nation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)*. Its Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO earned a 4.5 star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for 2013.

Network Health, a subsidiary of Tufts Health Plan, is ranked third in the country for Medicaid plans, according to NCQA Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013.

Headquartered in Massachusetts, Tufts Health Plan also serves members in Rhode Island. Visit us at www.tuftshealthplan.com.

* NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-13 - Private

Contact:
Sonya Hagopian
617-972-1090

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