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UP Repeats NCQA Certification in Utilization Management
Date:10/19/2007

BINGHAM FARMS, Mich., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Physicians, P.C., an organization of 1,900 independent doctors practicing in Southeast Michigan, has been recertified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in Utilization Management. NCQA is an independent, non-profit organization that certifies physician organizations and accredits managed care preferred provider organizations.

"We are proud that NCQA once again has certified that our utilization management processes meet or exceed national standards," said Steven Grant, M.D., F.A.C.P., president and chief executive officer of United Physicians. "The utilization management services we provide are integral to our mission of serving the professional and economic interests of members and the community at large."

In 2000, United Physicians became the first physician organization in the tri-county Detroit area to receive certification by NCQA in any category, being Credentialing and Recredentialing. The organization received its first certification in Utilization Management in 2001. United Physicians is among a select few physician organizations nationwide to hold certification in multiple NCQA categories.

"Achieving PO certification from NCQA demonstrates that United Physicians has the systems, process and personnel in place to conduct credentialing in accordance with the strictest quality standards," said NCQA Margaret E. O'Kane.

NCQA surveys are rigorous on and off-site evaluations conducted by a team of physicians and managed care experts. A national oversight committee of physicians analyzes the team's findings and determines certification based on the physician organization's performance compared to NCQA standards. United Physicians is certified for Utilization Management for the period of September 14, 2007 through September 14, 2009.

About United Physicians, P.C.

United Physicians is an organization of 1,900 physicians who have medical staff privileges at multiple medical centers through out Southeastern Michigan. United Physicians serves the professional and economic interests of its members by facilitating participation in health care plans, providing services that promote quality and efficiency in practice management, facilitating doctor credentialing with health plans, and offering health insurance products. United Physicians is one of only three organizations nationwide to earn certification in multiple categories by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent, non-profit organization that certifies physician organizations and accredits managed care organizations and preferred provider organizations. Visit http://www.updoctors.com

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, recognizes physicians and physician groups in key clinical areas and manages the evolution of HEDIS, the tool the nation's health plans use to measure and report on their performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information through the Web, media and data licensing agreements in order to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices. Visit http://www.ncqa.org.


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