AVON, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Magellan Health Services Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN) was named as a finalist for
the Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection
Awards by URAC, a leading health care accreditation organization.
Nineteen finalists were selected from entries across the nation by a
distinguished panel of judges, and will be honored during URAC's 2012
Quality Summit, October 9-11, 2012, in San Francisco. The award
recognizes achievements of organizations that are effectively advancing
the role of consumers as active participants in health care through two
areas: Consumer Decision-Making and Consumer Health Improvement.
"The Best Practices Awards provide an opportunity for health care
leaders to focus attention on those organizations that are delivering on
the mission to advance consumer protection and empowerment," said Alan
P. Spielman, president and CEO of URAC. "URAC is honored to share these
programs and raise awareness of innovative approaches to health care
delivery and management that can be replicated across the industry."
Three of Magellan's programs have been nominated, including:
Youth-in-Transition Prevention Program: Magellan has worked
with the Iowa Department of Human Services to develop the
Youth-in-Transition program, which helps families with children
suffering from serious emotional disturbances access community-based
services. This approach enables youth to stay in the community and
has, in recent years, yielded better long-term outcomes than
traditional inpatient treatment options. As a result of Magellan's
work, member satisfaction associated with accessing community-based
support rose by more than 22 percent within a year, and 30-day
readmission rates were reduced from 13.1 to 10.5 percent.
Provider Outcomes Dashboard: Magellan of Arizona collaborated
with the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral
Health Services and local behavioral health providers to create the
Provider Outcomes Dashboard, a way to monitor results across the
mental health system. The report shifts the emphasis from how well
professionals are performing to how well individuals are progressing
in their recovery. The dashboard covers 18 critical areas, including
service maximization, clinical coordination and quality of care, and
enables Magellan and providers to manage staffing, ensure timely
follow-up, measure patient satisfaction with the quality of care, and
monitor the recipients' integration back into their communities.
Radiation Calculator: Magellan's radiology division, NIA,
launched the Radiation Calculator tool in 2011 to help consumers
calculate and track their exposure to medical imaging radiation. The
tool, available online at RadiationCalculator.com,
in Apple's App Store for iPad®, iPhone® or iPod®
touch, and as an app for Android™ devices and Facebook, allows users
to input the various types of imaging tests they have experienced and
compiles the information in an easy-to-understand graph, making it
simple to compare their own results with those of the average person
their age or other routine scenarios. With this information, consumers
can discuss with their providers the necessity of future scans and
limit their exposure to unnecessary imaging radiation.
"We are very proud to have three very different Magellan programs as
finalists in the URAC awards," said Karen S. Rohan, president of
Magellan. "Clinical excellence and innovation are two of the guiding
principles that drive everything we do at Magellan, and it is an honor
to be recognized by the industry for our commitment to quality care
initiatives on behalf of the people we serve."
More than twenty of the nation's foremost thought leaders in health care
judged the entries based on criteria established by URAC. Finalists are
invited to present their winning programs at URAC's 2012 Quality Summit.
During a special event at the conference, Platinum award winners will be
announced in the two topic categories. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards,
as well as Honorable Mention awards, will be presented in six
organizational categories. For complete conference details, go to https://www.urac.org/13thAnnualSummit/13thAnnualSummit.asp.
About URAC: URAC, an independent,
nonprofit organization, promotes health care quality through its
accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide
range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with
the rapid changes in the health care system and provide a symbol of
excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and
accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an
inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all
stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures
for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit www.urac.org.
About Magellan Health Services:
Headquartered in Avon, Conn., Magellan Health Services Inc. is a leading
specialty health care management organization with expertise in managing
behavioral health, radiology and specialty pharmaceuticals, as well as
public sector pharmacy benefits programs. Magellan delivers innovative
solutions to improve quality outcomes and optimize the cost of care for
those we serve. As of March 31, 2012, Magellan's customers include
health plans, employers and government agencies, serving approximately
33.8 million members in our behavioral health business, 16.1 million
members in our radiology benefits management segment, and 6.2 million
members in our medical pharmacy management product. In addition, the
specialty pharmaceutical segment served 41 health plans and several
pharmaceutical manufacturers and state Medicaid programs. The company's
Medicaid Administration segment served 24 states and the District of
Columbia. For more information, visit www.MagellanHealth.com.
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