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URAC to Open Public Comment Period for Proposed Telehealth Accreditation Product

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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URAC is opening a public comment period for its proposed telehealth accreditation standards.

URAC’s telehealth standards address the practice of medicine and other health professions, sharing of healthcare information for consumer education, and care coordination through telecommunications. The field of telehealth includes emerging aspects of care that range from things such as long-distance consultations, monitoring, and training to the remotely-directed care of intensive care unit patients.

URAC was approached by telehealth experts and asked to create independent accreditation standards for telehealth organizations because none are currently available.

The public comment period for URAC’s telehealth accreditation standards opens on August 27, 2015. Comments will be accepted through September 28, 2015.

URAC’s accreditation standards and measures are developed in consultation with an independent advisory committee of industry experts. During the public comment period, URAC welcomes input from interested parties.

“Telehealth is an emerging field in healthcare that is very exciting and can be improved with the introduction of URAC accreditation standards. Independent, objective accreditation will allow telehealth practitioners to verify that they are adhering to high standards and best practices. URAC now welcomes healthcare stakeholders and others interested in the future of telehealth to review our proposed standards and contribute their observations so we can provide the finest possible healthcare accreditation,” said Deborah Smith, URAC’s director of product development.

Dr. Bob Bernstein, director of clinical quality at Carena, a leading provider telehealth solutions to health systems, said: “Telehealth is redefining how consumers access healthcare and how providers deliver it. As technology is rapidly leveraged to change the patient experience, there is a critical need to assure that consumers receive high-quality care delivered through independent, consistent clinical standards. URAC’s accreditation will be an important step toward meeting that goal.”

Interested parties can make their comments through URAC’s website, which is available here.

For more information, contact Deborah Smith at (202) 962-8802 or dsmith@urac.org.

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