NCQA 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health Achieves National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Managed Behavioral Health Organization (MBHO) Reaccreditation.

(PORTAGE, MI- August 2021) Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health (SWMBH) has earned the one year Managed Behavioral Health Organization (MBHO) Reaccreditation for their MI Health Link Business Line from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to assessing and reporting on the quality of managed care plans, managed behavioral health care organizations (MBHOs), preferred provider organizations, new health plans, physician organizations, credentials verification organizations, disease management programs, and other health-related programs.

Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health (SWMBH) is the Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan (PIHP) for eight Michigan counties and is in partnership with the Community Mental Health (CMH) agencies of these counties. SWMBH, through various funding contracts with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, manages mental health services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness, children with severe emotional disturbance, individuals with developmental disabilities, and individuals with substance use disorders in addition to managing the behavioral health benefit for the MI Health Link program.

NCQA Accreditation is a nationally recognized evaluation that purchasers, regulators, and consumers can use to assess managed behavioral health organizations (MBHO). NCQA evaluates how well an organization manages all parts of its delivery system, including behavioral health professionals, other providers, and administrative services. NCQA also measures continuous quality improvement in health care for its members. NCQA MBHO Accreditation standards are intended to guide organizations to achieve the highest level of performance possible, reduce patient risk, improve outcomes, and create an environment of continuous improvement. NCQA reviews include rigorous on-site and off-site evaluations conducted by a team of physicians and managed care experts. A national oversight committee of physicians and behavioral health providers analyzes the team’s findings and assigns an accreditation level based on the MBHO’s performance compared to NCQA standards.

For more information:

NCQA MBHO One-Year Certificate