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DSCC Earns Case Management Accreditation

May 7th, 2024

Seal of Case Management Accreditation for three years from the National Committee for Quality Assurance

The prestigious achievement recognizes our commitment to providing the highest quality service and support to our participant families.

We are proud to share a significant milestone for our University of Illinois Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) team.

DSCC has earned Case Management Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This achievement recognizes our commitment to providing exceptional care coordination and related support to our participant families.

NCQA accreditation is widely known as a symbol of quality and shows an organization’s dedication to meeting high performance measures and continuous improvement.

“We are thrilled to receive NCQA Case Management Accreditation, which highlights the strength and person-centered focus of our care coordination services,” said DSCC Executive Director Thomas F. Jerkovitz.

“This achievement reflects the great work of our entire DSCC team to improve operations and strengthen how we partner, help and connect with families throughout the state. We hope our participant families can feel confident and empowered, knowing they have a strong support system focused on improving their quality of life.”

DSCC provides care coordination to Illinois children and youth with special healthcare needs and their families through several programs.

We tailor our care coordination to each family’s unique needs and goals. We partner with them to develop a care plan focused on a child’s medial, social, behavioral, educational and financial needs.

Our care coordination can include finding specialized medical care, helping families understand their child’s diagnosis and medical treatment plan, explaining insurance benefits and attending school meetings.

In 2021, DSCC’s leadership set a strategic goal to work toward NCQA accreditation. Our team members have worked for more than three years to achieve this major recognition.

NCQA purposely sets its accreditation standards high to encourage organizations to continuously enhance their quality. The standards aim to help organizations achieve the highest level of performance possible and create an environment of continuous improvement.

The NCQA Case Management Accreditation Program reviewed our care coordination and entire organization against the following standards:

  1. Program Description: The organization uses up-to-date evidence-based information to develop its case management program and regularly updates the program with relevant findings and information.
  2. Patient Identification and Assessment: The organization systematically identifies patients who qualify for its programs.
  3. Care Planning: The organization coordinates services for patients through the development of individualized care plans.
  4. Care Monitoring: The organization has systems in place to support case management activities and monitors individualized care plans.
  5. Care Transitions: The organization has a process to manage care transitions, identify problems that could cause care transitions and prevent unplanned transitions, when possible.
  6. Measurement and Quality Improvement: At least annually, the organization measures patient satisfaction, program effectiveness and participation rates.
  7. Staffing, Training and Verification: The organization defines staffing needs, provides staff with ongoing training and oversight and verifies healthcare staff credentials.
  8. Rights and Responsibilities: The organization communicates its commitment to the rights of patients and its expectations of patients’ responsibilities.

“Case Management Accreditation moves us closer to measuring quality across population health management initiatives,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Not only does it add value to existing quality improvement efforts; it also demonstrates an organization’s commitment to the highest degree of improving the quality of their patients’ care.”

A big congratulations and thank you to everyone who helped us reach this milestone!

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care 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 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website ( contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more-informed health care choices. NCQA can be found online at, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at and on LinkedIn at