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URAC Seeks Public Comment on Quality Performance Measures for Disease Management Accreditation

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

URAC Seeks Public Comment on Quality Performance Measures
 for Disease Management Accreditation

Public Input Sought at https://www.urac.org/publiccomment/ through October 14, 2011

Washington, D.C. – September 15, 2011 – URAC, a leading health care accreditation and education organization, today opened a call for public comment to share input and opinions on proposed quality performance measures and measurement concepts for its Disease Management Accreditation program. Purchasers, policy makers, consumers, health care management organizations, employers, and health plans are encouraged to provide their comments on the proposed URAC standards and measures at https://www.urac.org/publiccomment/.  The deadline for public comment is 6:00 pm EDT on October 14, 2011.

“The addition of new measures to our program augments the powerful advantage of URAC accreditation by allowing organizations to demonstrate quantitative results to employers and other purchasers,” said Alan P. Spielman, President and CEO of URAC.

Consistent with URAC’s standards development process, measure selection and development is done collaboratively with multiple stakeholders working though a multi-stage process that includes public comment. The URAC Disease Management Advisory Groups, Health Standards Committee and Measures Advisory Group have been actively engaged in the process of revising the current standards, developing new standards and selecting measures for inclusion in the program.

The performance measures open for comment are categorized as:

  • Cross cutting measures, which include quality of care measures that  measure across conditions or diseases and include areas such as care coordination, patient safety, patient engagement, and prevention; and
  • Disease specific measures, which are those measures specific to a particular disease or condition such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, etc.

The measures available for public comment were carefully reviewed and selected to best reflect recent trends within the disease management industry, in particular concepts related to managing multiple chronic conditions, increased patient activation and engagement, increased care coordination and transitions of care – including working with the patient centered medical home (i.e., medical home).

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

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