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URAC Names First Companies to Achieve National Accreditation Under Comprehensive Wellness Standards and Measures

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Five companies have achieved accreditation; Six additional companies are already in process for accreditation

Washington, D.C. December 18, 2008 – Employers and other purchasers of wellness services can begin 2009 with an objective means to differentiate among wellness companies. Today URAC announced the first five companies in the nation to achieve accreditation for its new Comprehensive Wellness program and that another six companies are in the process to achieve accreditation. Achievement of this status places URAC’s seal of approval on accredited programs and demonstrates they have met or exceeded industry-recognized standards for wellness programs.

Comprehensive Wellness is the first new accreditation program from URAC with integrated program evaluation and performance measurement components. The new Comprehensive Wellness standards and measures were developed by an expert advisory group of employers, health plans, consumer representatives, public benefits organizations, health care professional associations, providers and wellness companies.

The companies that have achieved URAC Comprehensive Wellness accreditation are:

  • American Institute for Preventive Medicine
  • Healthyroads, Inc.
  • Healthways, Inc.
  • SHPS Health Management Solutions, Inc.
  • Health Management Corporation

Several additional companies are in process to receive accreditation and will undergo review. Those companies are:

  • Emblem Health Affiliated Companies
  • Gordian Health Solutions, Inc.
  • Innovative Wellness Solutions, LLC
  • Nationwide Better Health, Inc.
  • Regence BlueShield, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, Asuris Northwest Health
  • US Corporate Wellness, Inc.

“URAC’s Comprehensive Wellness standards reinforce and support the commitment that wellness organizations have to ensuring the health and productivity of America’s workforce,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC’s president and CEO. “As employers look to prevention and wellness as a means to improve employee health and reduce costs, URAC’s standards offer a breadth of focus beyond whether the company offers an assessment tool or a particular intervention. Accredited companies must demonstrate a comprehensive approach–that they use evidence-based tools and interventions, that they support consumers with information they need, and that they have the ability to integrate services, a necessary component in today’s environment.”

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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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