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URAC Expands Patient Centered Medical Home Program with Release of Auditor Certification

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Certification Prepares Auditors to Review Practices Transforming Into Health Care Homes; Assures Providers of Professional Evaluation

Washington, DC – March 17, 2011 – URAC, a leading health care accreditation and education organization, announces the release of its Patient Centered Health Care Home (PCMH) Auditor Certification.  This extension of URAC’s overall PCMH program will meet the needs of those entities whose responsibility will lie in independent auditing of health care home practices to determine their degree of successful achievement of the PCMH standards.

URAC is developing a step-wise program to guide practices as they transform into truly patient centered health care homes that focuses on the integration of family, caregivers, patients, and care coordination in the delivery of quality health care.  To educate practices in becoming health care homes, URAC released the Program Toolkit and related Information resources in December 2010.

Now, with this new PCMH Auditor Certification, URAC supports third party reviewers in evaluating practices to determine if they are delivering on the core elements of a patient centered health care home.  Additionally, URAC certification will assure practices that such independent audits are being performed by qualified health professionals.

URAC’s PCMH Auditor Certification is targeted at health care management organizations such as medical home pilots, health plans and practice consulting organizations among others.  Verified audit information can then be used as a component of pay for performance programs, evaluation of practices as health care homes by a health plan or in pilot demonstration projects.

“With the launch of a Auditor Certification, URAC will provide clarity for organizations working to transform and assess patient centered health care home practices,” said Alan P. Spielman, President and CEO of URAC.  “This is one more step in URAC’s ongoing program to guide the transformation of patient-focused, coordinated care delivery through health care homes.”

The URAC PCMH Auditor Certification program encompasses URAC’s Core Module Standards which evaluate an organization’s operations, training, processes and systems.  Upon completion, an organization receives Core Accreditation and PCMH Auditor Certification.

The URAC Patient Centered Health Care Home Auditor Certification Includes:

  • Core Accreditation Standards v3.0.
  • HIPAA Business Associate Requirements.
  • Auditor Eligibility Requirements.
  • Auditor Inter-Rater Validation of URAC-issued Practice Audit Tool.
  • URAC’s PCMH Practice Assessment Toolkit – required for conducting the practice audits.

For additional information or if you have any questions about URAC PCMH Audit Certification, please contact URAC’s Business Development Department at BusinessDevelopment@urac.org or call (202) 216-9010.

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