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Case in Point Magazine Names URAC Senior Vice President Leader in Health Care Accreditation

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Christine Leyden Honored For Dedication to Health Care Management

Washington, D.C.May 5, 2009 – URAC, the leading health care accreditation and education organization, announced today that Christine G. Leyden, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Client Services and Chief Accreditation Officer for URAC has been recognized as a leader in health care accreditation by Case in Point magazine. Ms. Leyden will be featured in the publication’s “Steering Health Care; Leaders Across the Continuum” supplement in the May 2009 issue.

“Consistency and quality are key to success in health care,” said Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN, Editor in Chief for Dorland Health, publisher of Case in Point. “Having standards and accreditation processes in place help ensure consumers are getting the level of services they expect. Christine has been an extraordinary visionary and works tirelessly with stakeholders to enhance the accreditation process for current and prospective accredited companies.”

Ms. Leyden was recognized for her dedication to accreditation activities ranging from a client’s initial application process through accreditation field review and final consideration of the Accreditation Committee. She was involved in the standards development process for URAC’s Pharmacy Benefit Management and Drug Therapy Management accreditation programs.

“URAC’s standards and measures provide an essential framework for program evaluation and performance measurement,” said Pam Hara, Senior Vice President, Quality and Outcomes, Privacy Officer for Healthways.  “Healthways has a long commitment to delivering best-in-class, evidence-based solutions to improve health. Christine has been a wonderful resource for us as we navigated the accreditation process. She provided, and continues to provide, one-on-one support to help create high operational standards for our organization.”

Ms. Leyden was one of 15 health care leaders honored by the Case in Point editorial staff across the following categories: health care accreditation, quality management, acute care and technology, managed care, academia, disease management, acute care and integrated deliver systems, workers compensation, life care planning, military case management, case management research certification, and health literacy and advocacy.

“Certainly we’ve known that Christine is a leader and an innovator,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC’s president and CEO. “Her knowledge and expertise are unmatched in the industry. We are proud that others have recognized her talents and her position as a guiding force in health care accreditation.”

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