Health Information Products (HIP) Certification
The health information products (HIP) certification program highlights organizations that provide a variety of services, including health information lines, pharmacy benefits information and online physician and hospital directories. NCQA-Accredited health plans receive automatic credit (i.e., 100% compliance) toward their own Accreditation Survey when they work with certified HIP vendors. The result is a streamlined survey process and more productive ties between high-performing organizations.
HIP Certification Options
NCQA’s HIP Certification program evaluates specific functions of organizations that provide health information products. Organizations may choose to be evaluated in one or more “Certification Options”. Each option is specific to one of the certification functions.
An organization may seek certification in any or all of the following evaluation options:
- Pharmacy Benefit Information (HIP 1)— The organization provides eligible individuals with the information they need to understand and use their pharmacy benefits.
- Health Information Line (HIP 2)— The organization has a health information line to assist eligible individuals with wellness and prevention.
- Support for Healthy Living (HIP 3)— The organization provides access to wellness and prevention services.
- Physician and Hospital Directories (HIP 4)— The organization provides information to help eligible individuals choose physicians and hospitals.