URAC Showcases Telehealth Accreditation Program at HIMSS 2018

| URAC Staff
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Avizia recently became the first telehealth provider in the nation to achieve URAC Telehealth Accreditation. Then, AbleTo became the first behavioral health solutions provider to earn URAC Telehealth Accreditation. Currently, the University of Mississippi Medical Center is working to attain URAC Telehealth Accreditation this year.

An independent, nonprofit healthcare accreditor, URAC launched in 2016 the first independent, third-party national program to offer comprehensive oversight of diverse telehealth programs. We’re excited to be at the HIMSS 2018 Health IT Conference March 5–9, 2018, in Las Vegas, to talk with you about the Telehealth Accreditation program.

Visit us in the Exhibit Hall at Booth #12654 next to the Interoperability Showcase section.

Come by our booth learn more about the Telehealth Accreditation program and why it’s so important to advancing quality in telehealth.

The importance of accreditation has never been clearer, practitioners say. Telehealth remains a relatively new area of medicine, noted Robert Bernstein, MD, Avizia’s vice president of clinical affairs. “Consumers see it has a lot of value, but they also believe it has risk,” said Bernstein.

Bernstein and others at Avizia quickly recognized the value of accreditation by a bona fide third party. The program’s transparency makes “patients feel more comfortable, and that makes it a strong sell to health systems,” Bernstein explained.

“Our mission is to provide our patients with the best quality, evidence-based behavioral health care possible,” said AbleTo Chief Executive Officer Rob Rebak. As part of its overall commitment to delivering the highest quality, AbleTo “decided to pursue URAC’s latest accreditation, which recognizes companies on the leading edge of healthcare innovation.”

URAC accreditation has also proven to be a competitive edge in the marketplace, Rebak said. “Being the first behavioral health organization to receive URAC telehealth accreditation not only provides us with an invaluable resource as our company grows, it also reaffirms our clinical quality as a behavioral health provider.”

By earning URAC accreditation, these organizations have demonstrated a commitment to quality healthcare,” said URAC President and CEO Kylanne Green. “Quality healthcare is crucial to our nation’s welfare, and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards and undergo rigorous evaluation by an independent accrediting body. Key stakeholders recognize URAC accreditation, and those organizations that have gone the extra mile to pursue our Telehealth Accreditation will distinguish themselves in the marketplace.

If you’d like to set up a meeting in advance, contact Che Parker, vice president, sales and marketing at cparker@urac.org.

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