Studies show that poor employee well-being can greatly affect workplace productivity. Even more concerning to employers is the effect pervasive chronic health issues can have on total employee health and health care costs. As such, employers are implementing benefits that extend beyond wellness and prevention to address more complicated and more costly population health concerns.
URAC’s Employer-Based Population Health Accreditation aims to assist forward-looking employers as you develop programs that address total employee health and help control rising health care expenditures.
This accreditation program was created to be an opportunity for distinction among employer- and/or union-sponsored care delivery models that focus on improving outcomes via their sponsored benefit programs. URAC’s Accreditation demonstrates your commitment to quality total health for employees and their dependents.
The URAC Difference
Our standards provide the framework to effectively build and deploy a population health program. With URAC Accreditation, employers demonstrate they have developed and implemented a comprehensive solution that covers all aspects of a population health management program, not just one or two components. Using population health strategies to provide high-quality, cost-effective care improves outcomes and brings near- and long-term success.
URAC Accreditation also affirms that your organization’s program extends beyond clinical care to address employee engagement, behavioral health and social determinants of health.
URAC’s Employer-Based Population Health Accreditation enables organizations to demonstrate their approach to achieve the quadruple aim:
- Enhancing the experience of care (including outcomes, quality, safety and satisfaction)
- Improving health outcomes
- Improving the satisfaction of health care workers
- Reducing per capita cost of health care
What the Standards Address
URAC’s three-year Employer-Based Population Health Accreditation standards address the following key factors for success in population health:
- Organizational leadership
- Population health risk management
- Quality management
- Network analytics
- Provider contracting
- Service coordination
- Employee Engagement
- Information technology capabilities
What to Expect
In six months or less, URAC will conduct an independent assessment of your population health business model. While our experts define the standards of excellence for accountable care, they do not prescribe how organizations must meet those standards, which provide a flexible framework for continuous improvement.
URAC’s approach stimulates innovation across the continuum of care through email, conference calls and educational webinars.
Who May Apply
Organizations using employer- and/or union-sponsored care delivery models that focus on population health and care coordination to improve employee and member outcomes via their sponsored benefit programs may apply.
Employers may also be interested in URAC’s Measurement-Based Care Designation.