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Call for Nominations to URAC’s Certification Subcommittee

Friday, November 13th, 2015

URAC is seeking volunteers to serve on the Certification Subcommittee of its Accreditation Committee.

The primary function of the Certification Subcommittee will be to review staff recommendations regarding applications for certification – approving, rejecting, amending, or deferring those recommendations to URAC’s Accreditation Committee or Executive Committee. It will also provide, upon the request of URAC staff, policy guidance related to certification determinations as well as feedback on standards development and standards interpretation.

The Certification Subcommittee will meet once or twice a month, but no less than once per quarter, when agenda items for action and/or discussion are pending. Terms are limited to three years with the option for one additional term at the discretion of the subcommittee chair. A conflict of interest (COI) disclosure and confidentiality agreement will be required to be signed annually by each subcommittee member.

Nominees can be U.S.-licensed clinical professionals (such as MDs, DOs, DCs, RNs, or LCSWs), other professionals with health care experience who are actively working in the health care industry, or a recognized expert in any of the following practice areas: primary care, internal medicine, ambulatory care, pediatrics, patient centered medical home, and obstetrics and gynecology. A background in accreditation and/or certification programs and processes is desirable.

Any interested party can nominate one or more candidates for URAC’s Certification Subcommittee by emailing a nominee’s resume to nominations@urac.org. Self-nominations are acceptable. This call for nominations ends on December 31, 2015.

Selection of URAC Certification Subcommittee members will be based upon individual expertise, potential contribution, and the need for input from particular stakeholder perspectives. Desirable experience for candidates includes:

  1. Being recognized as a national expert in areas such as ambulatory care, patient centered medical home, primary care, internal medicine, pediatrics, or obstetrics and gynecology.
  2. A clinician or other health care professional with a least eight years of experience in the above-named practice areas.
  3. Being a published academic author in at least one of those same practice areas.
  4. The ability to attend monthly meetings via conference call that last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours in length (proxy representation is not allowed).
  5. No conflict of interest and the ability to sign a COI statement, adhere to URAC’s policies and procedures on COI and ethical conduct, and sign a confidentiality agreement.
  6. The ability to serve at least one term on the subcommittee.

After the nomination period ends, provisional candidate selections will be made available for a period of review and comment on the URAC website that will be open for 14 days. When that comment period closes, the final subcommittee roster will be posted on the URAC website. If you have questions or need more information, contact nominations@urac.org.

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