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URAC’s Awards for Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Will Spotlight Innovative Quality Efforts

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Call for entries invites submissions from health information/decision support, health management, health plans, health networks, pharmacy quality management and workers’ compensation companies

Washington, D.C. July 25, 2008 – URAC, the independent, nonprofit leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation and education programs, released its call for entries for its 2009 Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards today.  Award-winning entries will be spotlighted at the Best Practices Conference and Exhibit, to be held April 1-2, 2009 in Orlando.

Entries describing innovative best practices are sought from health information/ decision support, health management, health plans, health networks, pharmacy quality management and workers’ compensation companies.

“The Best Practices Awards honor the achievements of organizations that are actively pursuing practices to advance consumer empowerment and protection in an exceptional, measurable and reproducible way,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC’s president and CEO.  “URAC accreditation is designed to comprehensively assess the quality practices of the total organization. The Best Practices Awards extend our educational reach by evaluating specific programs and identifying exceptional programs and practices.”

The deadline for entries is Sept. 15, 2008, and entry is not limited to URAC accredited organizations.  The Call for Entries is available at https://www.urac.org/bestpractices.

The Best Practices Award competition calls upon organizations to submit their best programs for assessment by a panel of expert judges in two categories:

  • Consumer Decision-Making: Practices that educate consumers on their health care needs and provide the information, tools, and resources—including pricing transparency and transparency of quality measures—that are necessary to empower consumers to enable them to make responsible evidence-based choices and to help them better manage their own health care decisions;
  • Consumer Health Improvement: Practices that are broadly related to quality improvement in patient safety–including care coordination between providers— or consumer health quality improvement for the purpose of protecting the consumer where outcomes are limited to health/clinical metrics or health quality improvement that protects the consumer from a short-term or long term health related adverse event.

All entries should feature a practice that measurably demonstrates its purpose and impact, involves collaborative partnerships activity and exhibits a potential for wide-spread implementation.  Presenters at the Best Practices Conference & Exhibit will be selected from the award winners

“An intentional outcome of the Best Practices Awards and Conference is the multiplication of these innovative programs in other markets,” Spielman said.  “That is the purpose of combining an awards competition with a conference and exhibit opportunity.  We hope to serve as a guide to the market on how best to direct and engage consumers as partners through innovative best programs.”

Consistent with URAC practice, industry experts in the awards competition program areas will serve as judges, using objective criteria to evaluate each entry and select winners.

“The Best Practices Awards and Conference are consistent with URAC’s vision to promote both consumer empowerment and quality improvement in health care management,” Spielman said.  “When combined, those areas of focus can have a true impact on health care management and drive the practices that will improve quality across the industry.”

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