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Free Webinar: Discover How Telehealth Accreditation Adds Value to Your Organization

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The complimentary webinar “Telehealth Accreditation: Adding Value to Your Organization Through Independent, Objective Validation,” hosted by URAC and the law firm Epstein Becker Green, is now available on YouTube for on-demand viewing.

TH PDF graphicOriginally presented live on June 16, 2016, the webinar provides insight on how URAC’s accreditation process assists telehealth providers in demonstrating the quality of their operation.

URAC Vice President Deborah Smith, MN, RN-BC, one of the foremost experts in telehealth accreditation, points out in the webinar that telehealth proponents realize “technology makes geography irrelevant” in the delivery of certain kinds of health care. Spending on telehealth is rising dramatically, and reimbursement for telehealth services is gaining in acceptance. “We understand,” Smith says, “the advantage and the value [telehealth] has to improving population health in America.”

Because of expansion in the telehealth field, more scrutiny on the part of government, payers, and the public is inevitable. Accreditation standards like those created by URAC establish benchmarks to recognize quality and promote continuous improvement in an organization.

After a year-long iterative dialogue with a broad array of stakeholders to develop the standards, URAC is now accepting applications for its Telehealth Accreditation program. In addition to highlighting the eligibility guidelines, principles, standards, and processes involved, Smith emphasizes the importance of URAC’s independent status and the “educational approach that we use to guide our activities.”

Regarding technology, Smith notes that URAC’s Telehealth Accreditation is “much more oriented to how you make decisions than how you use the technology and what it is… What we’re accrediting is the performance of the distant site consultative model.”

In the webinar, Smith also explains how the URAC approach differs from other accreditation programs. She says: “Our experience is that many organizations… think about the Joint Commission when they think about accreditation… And this is a very different approach to validating compliance with a set of standards.” URAC’s Telehealth Accreditation program, for example, is a virtual online review designed to take only a few hours and have minimal impact on an organization and its staff. Despite the difference, URAC still has “aligned our credentialing and privileging requirements with the Joint Commission… those standards are not re-verified.”

You can view the webinar by clicking here.

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