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URAC Names 2012 Health Care Stars! Award Winners at Annual Quality Summit and Awards Program

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA – October 10, 2012 – URAC, a leading health care accreditation and education organization, recognized its 2012 Health Care Stars! Awards winners. Honored this year were Thomas Button and Dr. Stephen Vogt. URAC’s Health Care Stars! Award honors those who have demonstrated a commitment to the welfare of health care consumers through saving and improving lives, preventing adverse health outcomes, and other positive changes. The awards were presented during URAC’s 2012 Annual Quality Summit & Awards Program, October 9-11 in San Francisco, CA.

“The Health Care Stars! Awards recognize individual health care professionals who deliver on the mission of protecting and empowering consumers and promoting quality care through their daily work,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC President and CEO. “These individuals are true heros of health care management, serving as role models for how to make a real difference in the lives of health care consumers.”

This year’s Health Care Star! Award winners are:

  • Dr. Stephen Vogt, President and CEO of BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy. Dr. Vogt established BioPlus as a new model of specialty pharmacy: one that treats patients with individual pharmaceutical care plans to ensure that their biologic specialty medicines have the best possible outcomes. In reaching that goal, Dr. Vogt created a unique technology tool called Therapy Access Portal, an application that can be used by prescribers on smart phones, tablets, and laptops. The app improves patient outcomes, reduces risks, promotes collaborative communication among the entire medical pharmacy care team, and helps to control costs.
  • Thomas Button, Catastrophic Case Manager for Cigna Health Care. Mr. Button has been a case manager with Cigna for the past 12 years, focusing on Private Duty Nursing cases, Dialysis cases, and long term hospitalizations. Thomas has won the consumer empowerment award this year for his work with a 54 year old patient with ALS. This patient, who is dependent upon a ventilator 24/7, is unable to move, and can only communicate through a computerized speech generating device that he operates with his eye movements, had only one request: to see his two daughters graduate college, hours away from his home in Arizona. While Thomas knew the obstacles that this patient would have to overcome, he went above and beyond the call of duty, working with servicing providers to donate the needed equipment, supplies and staffing to accomplish this trip. Through much collaboration, led by Thomas, the patient was able to attend his daughters’ graduation and was even put in the front row to ensure he could see his daughters cross the stage.

URAC’s 2012 Health Care Stars! Awards were open to any individual who works for the more than 500 organizations that have earned or are in the process of earning URAC accreditation. The Awards were judged by a panel of health care industry experts including URAC advisory committee members, board members and key leaders from accredited organizations. The panel reviewed all of the nominations, looking for specific accomplishments and clear results that the nominee had made a positive impact on the health of the consumers they serve.


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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