Neighborhood Receives Quality Achievement Honor from NCQA at Washington, D.C. Gala

-- One of three entities, and the only health plan, to be recognized at the acclaimed organization’s 25th anniversary celebration --


Providence, RI (September 17, 2015) – Peter M. Marino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (Neighborhood), is pleased to announce that Neighborhood received a Quality Achievement honor from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) last evening. The recognition took place last night during a gala to celebrate the 25th anniversary of NCQA, held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane, presented the Quality Achievement Honors along with Vance Taylor, Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs in the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. In addition to Neighborhood, HRHCare of New York and Cherokee Health Systems of Tennessee were also recognized.

Accepting the award on behalf of Neighborhood was its Director of Evaluation and Improvement, Jay Buechner. Mr. Buechner was recognized for his stewardship of the Plan’s quality efforts and was highlighted, along with other Plan staff, in a video tribute that was shown during the event.

“Neighborhood has had a strong and longstanding commitment to quality due to the collaboration of our team, community health centers, provider network, community agencies and state partners,” stated Marino.

About Neighborhood

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island is a non-profit HMO that was founded over twenty years ago to make sure everyone in the state has access to high-quality, low-cost health care. Neighborhood has been ranked as one of the top ten Medicaid health plans in America for the past eleven years and serves more than 175,000 members. Neighborhood extended its great service, benefits and value to individuals and businesses through HealthSource RI – the state’s health insurance exchange.

About NCQA

The 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’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.