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21st Century Cures Act May Increase Role of Telehealth in Medicare

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act is largely being praised for its reforms aimed at the drug approval process and increased funding for scientific research. But a little-discussed provision buried amidst the nearly 1,000 pages of legislative language could have a major impact in increasing Medicare beneficiary access to telehealth options. While new research and reforms may pay […]

URAC’s Marybeth Farquhar Creating Future of Telehealth Performance Measures

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Marybeth Farquhar, PhD, MSN, RN, URAC’s Vice President for Quality, Research, and Measurement, has been appointed to a key National Quality Forum (NQF) committee helping to create national measures for future telehealth performance. Farquhar was named to the NQF’s Creating a Framework to Support Measure Development for Telehealth Multistakeholder Committee. Over a nine-month period, the […]

URAC CEO to Address Future of Primary Care at PCPCC Conference

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

URAC President and CEO Kylanne Green will address healthcare experts on progress in achieving more coordinated, value-based delivery of care on November 9 at a presentation in Washington, DC. In conjunction with the annual meeting of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), Green will discuss advancements in development of the PCPCC’s Shared Principles of Primary Care and […]

URAC Issues RFP for External Measure Data Validators

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

URAC is accepting proposals from external, independent third-party measure data validation organizations that would be designated as URAC-approved vendors.  URAC’s clients would select and contract with a vendor on the approved list to perform validation services of measures result submissions. The purpose of the Request for Proposal (RFP) is to: solicit proposals from independent, third party validators experienced in […]

URAC Names Maggie Cornett Vice President for Technology, Program Management, and Planning

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Healthcare veteran Maggie Cornett is joining URAC as vice president for technology, program management, and planning. Cornett brings more than 35 years of healthcare and information technology experience to the nation’s independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, certification, and measurement. “URAC is fortunate to have Maggie Cornett leading technology strategy,” said URAC President […]

URAC Praises MACRA Focus on Healthcare Quality

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

URAC applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for creating a new Medicare reimbursement plan setting physicians on a course to provide more coordinated and accountable delivery of care. Commenting on the recently released final rule for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), URAC President and CEO Kylanne Green said: As an […]

URAC Expert Speaks on Pharmacy Patient Management at California Pharmacists’ Inaugural Specialty Pharmacy Conference

Monday, October 17th, 2016

URAC Director of Pharmacy Heather Bonome, PharmD, will speak on the vital elements of a successful pharmacy patient management program at the Specialty Pharmacy Conference in La Jolla, California on October 23, 2016. Acknowledging the increasing market for specialty drugs, this event is the first-ever Specialty Pharmacy Conference sponsored by the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA). “With specialty drugs […]

California Names URAC as Designated Accreditor for Workers’ Comp Utilization Review

Friday, October 7th, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – Recognizing the importance of utilization review in promoting high quality for workers’ compensation, a new California law now requires these programs receive an accreditation of their services. SB 1160 , signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on September 30, amends existing California statute to require that all organizations that conduct utilization review for workers’ […]

URAC Holds Webinar on Challenges and Outlook for Telehealth

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Washington, D.C. – URAC is hosting a live, interactive webinar on challenges and outlook for telehealth. It is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 at 12pm Eastern. URAC has invited top telehealth providers, a legal expert, and the designer of URAC’s telehealth accreditation program, to discuss what they envision for the future of telehealth, the challenges that […]

URAC Holds Live IRO Standards Webinar on October 26

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Washington, D.C. – URAC is hosting a live, interactive webinar that provides an in-depth look at its accreditation standards for independent review organizations. It is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 at 2pm Eastern. This webinar addresses URAC IRO accreditation standards for organizations conducting both internal and external reviews. In addition to a description of the […]

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