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URAC’s Telehealth Accreditation Program Officially Open for Business

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

URAC’s Telehealth accreditation program is now fully operational and ready to accept applications.

TH PDF graphicTelehealth was approved as an accreditation program by URAC’s board of directors last November. It is designed to verify the quality of services involving diagnostic and treatment technology-facilitated consultations from a distant site with health care facilities, other providers, and consumers.

“For providers protecting and empowering consumers through technological security and reliability safeguards, and adhering to robust professional practice expectations, URAC’s telehealth accreditation standards can help an organization stand out in the marketplace,” said telemedicine legal authority Rene Quashie, a senior counsel in the Health Care and Life Science practice of Epstein Becker Green. “Telehealth services are playing a vital role in offering greater access to both primary and specialty health care. URAC now offers independent accreditation that recognizes telehealth providers who meet the top quality of services standards.”

Development of this accreditation program began after URAC was approached by telehealth providers who sought an independent means of validating top performance within their industry. Standards were created over a deliberative 12-month process. Input from leading industry specialists, attorneys, and a risk management expert framed the accreditation program. They helped identify prevailing trends, build elements of accreditation standards, and find ways to encourage continuous improvement of telehealth provider performance that anchor URAC’s telehealth accreditation.

Providers of telehealth services wanting to verify their quality now have access to an accreditation guide explaining the URAC accreditation program in detail. There is a self-assessment tool to help organizations determine their degree of readiness to begin demonstrating achievement through URAC’s telehealth accreditation requirements.

URAC now also offers a fully-built online application to immediately accommodate those interested in beginning the telehealth accreditation process. To learn more about how to apply for telehealth accreditation, call (202) 326-3943 or click here.

“URAC’s standards are designed to recognize the quality of providers engaged in delivering the best and latest methods of value-based care,” said, Kylanne Green, the president and CEO of URAC. “Telehealth is the great equalizer for health care access across America. With more diagnosis and care being delivered through means such as interactive video conferencing, it’s only natural that URAC can be found on the cutting edge – offering a groundbreaking and independent program that distinguishes superior telehealth performance.”

To view a poster describing the iterative process used by URAC to create its telehealth accreditation standards, click here. This infographic was created as part of a poster session done at the invitation of the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law.

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