Winona Health earns NCQA Accreditation

Winona Health’s Medical Staff Services team: Cathy Fangman, Stacy Schultz and Joy Boldt with Vice President of Quality & Safety Kathleen Lanik.

Winona Health’s Medical Staff Services team has earned the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Accreditation in Credentialing and Recredentialing.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. Earning NCQA Accreditation involves a rigorous evaluation and review of an organization’s credentialing and re-credentialing processes for medical staff, including an on-site review of processes and detailed records.

Credentialing is the process of evaluating the qualifications and practice history of a medical professional. NCQA requirements include using primary source verification to check board certification, education and training and other factors that may have an impact on patient care.

“By examining every step required for credentialing and recredentialing, our staff has decreased the length of time between hiring healthcare providers and being able to bring them on board to take care of our community—all while maintaining the high standards and thorough documentation required by the National Committee for Quality Assurance,” explains Kathleen Lanik, Winona Health vice president of Quality and Safety. “Because of process improvements by our Medical Staff Services team, our community has improved access to high-quality medical care.”

Winona Health Medical Staff Services team includes Cathy Fangman, Joy Boldt, and Stacy Schultz.

NCQA is governed by a board of directors that includes employers, consumers, health plans, quality experts, policy makers and representatives from organized medicine.

For more information about Winona Health, visit www.winonahealth.org

For more information about NCQA, visit www.NCQA.org

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About Winona Health: Winona Health is a nonprofit, community-owned independent healthcare system in southeast Minnesota devoted to improving the health and wellbeing of the community. The organization serves community members through its Primary and Specialty Care Clinics, Hospital, Assisted Living residences, and Transitional and Long-term care residences. For more information about Winona Health, visit www.winonahealth.org.

About NCQA:  NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare 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 web site (www.ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

 

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