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URAC Announces Finalists for Health Plan Best Practices Awards

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Finalists Selected as Part of URAC’s 2013 Quality Summit Best Practice Awards Program

Washington, DC – August 1, 2013 – URAC has selected eight organizations as finalists for its 2013 Health Plan Best Practices Award category. All finalists will showcase their industry-leading practices as part of educational sessions during URAC’s 2013 Quality Summit scheduled for September 30-October 1, 2013 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. The conference will include an awards dinner gala where all finalists will be honored.

“Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Exchanges are driving health plans to innovate how they deliver care and optimize quality—absolutely vital in today’s intensely competitive, value-driven environment,” said Kylanne Green, URAC President and CEO. “Our health plan finalists offer an exceptional array of cutting edge programs that not only better care for their enrollees, but also benefit the health care system at large.”

URAC’s Quality Summit, which coincides with the first day of open enrollment for the health insurance exchanges, will feature a stakeholder panel presentation on the implementation of these exchanges as well as a Keynote presentation on this topic from Senator Tom Daschle.

Health Plan Finalists in the 2013 Best Practices Awards Competition are:

  • Aetna, Suboxone Case Review Program
  • Health Care Service Corporation, An integrated approach to addressing medical and behavioral health comorbidity with an MCO population
  • Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Reduction of Hospital-Acquired Clostridium difficile Infection
  • Anthem Blue Cross, National Health Foundation and Regional Hospital Associations, Patient Safety First… a California Partnership for Health
  • Family Health Network and Sinai Urban Health Institute, Asthma CarePartners and Medicaid Families: Improving Health Together
  • EmblemHealth and MedXM, Improving Osteoporosis Screenings in Medicare Women Who Experience a Bone Fracture
  • EmblemHealth and Healthplex, Increasing Annual Dental Visits in the Medicaid Population
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Illinois Hospital Association, PREP: Preventing Readmissions Through Effective Partnerships.


For 25 years, URAC has been the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, education, and measurement. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs that reflect the latest changes in health care and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability. URAC’s evidence-based measures and standards are developed through inclusive engagement with a broad range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of health care.

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