The Value of Network AccreditationInsurance agents can play an important role in helping employers evaluate provider networks available in the market.
Q: How do you view the value of accreditation? A: More so than in the past, employers are looking to offer networks that have been accredited to their employees. Accredited networks provide employers with a level of confidence and a sense of stability that give them preference over other non-accredited networks.Q: In your experience, why does accreditation status factor into an organization’s decision? A: There are a lot of networks to choose from and some networks are better than others. Choosing a network can be a confusing process for Human Resource Managers so they tend to look for what sets one apart from the others. Price remains an important factor, but a network’s quality improvement program has become equally important in the decision making process. Accreditation is credible because it serves as a validation that critical processes are in place and are followed. “It’s nice to have confidence in the product you are selling. When up against other networks, you know that Health Partner’s NCQA Credentialing Accreditation will continue to place us in a position of strength to compete in the market.” Steven McNeilly, Vice President of Managed Care and Integration Strategies for Northeast Georgia Health System.