CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Commercial PPO product line has received “Excellent” accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for the third consecutive year, with an average score of 92 out of 100 points across all criteria.

This rating combines scores that assess standards and performance measurements such as member satisfaction and quality of care, and is part of NCQA’s Health Plan Accreditation.

“Providing the highest quality care and best value possible is our commitment to our members,” said Dr. Inga Himelright, vice president and chief medical officer for BlueCross. “Everyone at BlueCross works hard to maintain the highest level of standards held by NCQA. That work has not only earned us a continued ‘Excellent’ rating but has also provided our members ongoing peace of mind about their health plan.”

Organizations that earn “Excellent” status, NCQA’s highest accreditation, meet or exceed rigorous requirements for consumer protection and quality improvement for customer service and clinical quality.

Health plans seeking accreditation face a rigorous test of more than 60 standards and must report on their performance in more than 40 areas in order to earn NCQA’s seal of approval.

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.