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URAC Seeks Public Comment on Performance Measures for Health Plan Accreditation

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

URAC Seeks Public Comment on Performance Measures for Health Plan Accreditation

Public Input Sought at https://www.urac.org/publiccomment/ through May 20, 2011

Washington, D.C. – April 5, 2011 – URAC, a leading health care accreditation and education organization, today opened a call for public comment to share input and opinions on proposed performance measures being added to its Health Plan suite of standards.

Purchasers, policy makers, consumers, health care management organizations, employers, and health plans are encouraged to provide their comments on the proposed URAC standards at https://www.urac.org/publiccomment/.  The deadline for public comment is 6:00pm EDT on May 20, 2011.

“URAC understands that performance measures lead to greater transparency and increased consumer empowerment,” said Alan Spielman, President and CEO of URAC.  “Our goals in this development will be to focus on measures that are meaningful and relevant for consumers, health plans, and purchasers; promote quality improvement, efficiency and effectiveness in the health care delivery system; and develop the most comprehensive view of quality while balancing administrative burdens and the benefits of reporting performance to the public.”

Consistent with URAC’s standards development process, performance measure selection and development is done collaboratively with multiple stakeholders working though a multi-stage process that includes public comment.

The measures open for comment fall into a number of domains, including:

  • Patient Centeredness
  • Care Coordination
  • Efficiency
  • Effectiveness of Care
  • Patient Safety
  • Health Plan Administration
  • Health Information Technology Integration/Meaningful Use
  • Healthcare Disparities

Measures are designated as either “mandatory” or “leading.”  Mandatory measures are those that the organization is required to report as part of the accreditation process and failure to report them may affect the accreditation status.  Leading measures are those that are “state-of-the-art” or “cutting edge,” or measures for which there is not an accepted, standardized, industry-wide measurement methodology.

URAC regularly reviews and revises its standards and accreditation programs to consistently align with current market needs and government regulations including those related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).  In addition, URAC seeks to actively engage health plans, purchasers, and consumers to ensure we understand their emerging needs and priorities as the health care environment changes during implementation of the PPACA.

For more information, please contact URAC’s Vice President for Research and Measurement, Marybeth Farquhar, at (202) 962-8836 or email at mfarquhar@urac.org.


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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