Essentia Health reports it is one of the first two organizations in the country to receive the highest level of accreditation as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
Essentia Heath and HealthPartners have received a level 3 designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations. In February 2013, Essentia was accredited by NCQA as a level 2 ACO. Then, Essentia applied for the highest grade — a level 3 accreditation — and recently earned this designation.
NCQA’s rigorous review, which assesses organizations’ ability to coordinate and deliver the care expected of ACOs, ensures that Essentia: protects patient rights, including privacy; offers health care that’s accessible; has a solid foundation of patient-centered primary care; uses care coordination to manage populations of patients; monitors practice patterns and uses performance data to improve quality.