Chattanooga, TN. -- BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) announced today it has received the Case Management (CM) re-accreditation for its Quality Management program. This re-accreditation comes from URAC, a Washington, DC- based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.

In addition to core standards of staff and information management, quality improvement, and organizational ethics, BCBST’s Quality Management program met several URAC standards specific to case management, which include: identifying individuals for case management, managing and conducting case management activities in an efficient and professional manner, and maintenance of confidentiality.

"URAC Accreditation is an essential part of our corporate Quality Management program,” says Irv Koehler, senior manager for Quality Management at BCBST. “URAC provides an objective review of our processes and outcomes to assist BCBST to provide the highest level of services to our members. The Case Management Accreditation program focuses on our benefit and service coordination efforts for our members with unique health care needs."

BCBST was initially awarded the CM accreditation in 2002.

“By applying for and receiving URAC accreditation, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has demonstrated a commitment to quality health care,” said Robert Crocker, URAC Board Chair. “Quality health care is crucial to our nation’s welfare and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards.”

About URAC

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is a leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation and certification programs. URAC’s standards keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a mark of distinction for health care organizations to demonstrate 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 setting meaningful standards for the health care industry. For more information, visit www.urac.org.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.