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URAC Contacts Congressional Armed Services Committees About Telehealth

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

With details of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act under negotiation on Capitol Hill, URAC President and CEO Kylanne Green wrote the chairmen and ranking members of both chambers’ Armed Services Committees to highlight the importance telehealth services can play in the Military Health System and how accreditation can help oversee and measure the quality […]

URAC Applauds CMS Changes to Quality Payment Program Reporting in 2017

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt announced a change in the performance data requirements for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) established by the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). In a September 8 blog post , Slavitt explained that CMS will now give physicians and clinicians more flexibility to “pick their pace of participation” in 2017 […]

URAC Reaches Out to Arkansas About Telehealth

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

As the state considers options for regulating telehealth/telemedicine, URAC President and CEO Kylanne Green wrote to the Arkansas State Medical Board on September 7  to inform them about URAC’s Telehealth Accreditation program . Click here to read the letter.

Citing Independent Medical Review Challenges, IRO Group Stresses Importance of Accreditation

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

In a recently released white paper, the National Association of Independent Review Organizations (NAIRO) outlines the efforts of its URAC-accredited and other member organizations to overcome the leading challenges impacting the field of independent review. “Understanding the Vital Role of Independent Medical Review and Utilization Review Services” identifies these pressing issues and how IROs can “foster a greater understanding” of their “often-complex” process. Challenges include an underutilization […]

URAC Urges CMS to Leverage Existing Quality Efforts for Medicare Advantage Contracting

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Washington, D.C. – In public comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on proposed revisions to payment policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for CY2017, URAC urged building on the quality efforts of existing independent, national accreditors if the federal agency begins requiring providers and suppliers to enroll with Medicare as a […]

URAC Names Health Care Operations Veteran Marlene M. Bolster Vice President of Accrediting and Client Services

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

URAC – the leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, education, and measurement – is pleased to announce that Marlene M. Bolster is joining the organization as its Vice President of Accrediting and Client Services. Bolster brings more than 25 years of experience in the area of health care operations to URAC. “We are […]

Amid PCMH Funding Concerns, URAC Seeks Sustainable Solution

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

For those desiring increased coordination and value-based delivery of care, the patient centered medical home (PCMH) is a popular model. In fact, the proposed rule that was recently released for the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) encourages physician and clinician participation in certified PCMH practices to ensure compliance. Outside of […]

URAC Promoting a More Patient-Centered Approach for Workers’ Compensation

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Factors threatening America’s workforce could be better managed with a more patient-centered approach to treatment, according to planned remarks by URAC President and CEO Kylanne Green. Green will address the importance of case management and the role of accreditation in assuring quality at the Workers’ Compensation Institute’s 71st annual educational conference in Orlando, Florida, on […]

New Public Comment Period Open for URAC Core Standards Update

Friday, August 12th, 2016

URAC is offering a second opportunity for public comment on the update of its Core Accreditation standards. This additional period for public comment begins on August 12, 2016 and ends on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 5 p.m. Eastern. URAC’s Core Accreditation standards address the fundamental aspects and practices that affect the quality of a health care organization’s operations. They cover organizational structure, […]

New CMS Program Offers Enhanced Reimbursement for Adopting PCMH Methods

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

URAC’s PCMH Certification may benefit applicants of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program, a new federal initiative that offers an enhanced method of reimbursement to promote primary medical home care. CPC+ is meant to help physicians make the investments many consider necessary for long-term success. A public-private partnership administered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), […]

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