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Performance Measure Submissions Underway for Select URAC-Accredited Organizations

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

On July 1, URAC began collecting data from accredited organizations related to 2015 performance. Currently, organizations accredited in the following programs are required to submit performance measures: programs within the Pharmacy Quality Management® (PQM) suite, Case Management, Disease Management, and Health Plan programs with and without a Health Insurance Marketplace component. Measures are submitted to […]

URAC Commentary: Pharmacists Play Critical Role Under MACRA

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

“Adapt or face extinction.” That’s the stark advice URAC President and CEO Kylanne Green has for pharmacists wondering how things will change as the American health care system meets the demand for more value-based care under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). In a commentary recently featured on the Drug Channels web site, Green noted physicians […]

URAC Recommends Medicare Align Incentives to Encourage Flexible, Sustainable Improvement

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

URAC submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about how the government might improve its proposed rule to implement health care reimbursements as authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). “We believe that flexibility, sustainability, and quality improvement are not mutually exclusive ideas,” said URAC President and CEO Kylanne Green. […]

Free Webinar: Discover How Telehealth Accreditation Adds Value to Your Organization

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The complimentary webinar “Telehealth Accreditation: Adding Value to Your Organization Through Independent, Objective Validation,” hosted by URAC and the law firm Epstein Becker Green, is now available on YouTube for on-demand viewing. Originally presented live on June 16, 2016, the webinar provides insight on how URAC’s accreditation process assists telehealth providers in demonstrating the quality of their operation. URAC Vice President Deborah Smith, MN, RN-BC, one […]

Ensuring Health Care Quality in the Rapidly Evolving Telehealth Field

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

URAC’s latest issue brief, “The Growth of Telehealth Services: The Role of URAC Telehealth Accreditation Standards in Promoting Innovation and Accountability,” discusses the expansion and evolution of telehealth and the opportunity that an accreditation of services offers in recognizing the quality of telehealth providers. Noting the “rapid and revolutionary change” occurring in American health care, the URAC paper calls telehealth “the vanguard of those changes.” A combination of patient demand and provider-to-provider […]

How Telehealth Programs Can Demonstrate Quality and Teach Best Practices

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Spending on telehealth services in the United States is expected to increase nearly tenfold in just five years. According to projections from IHS Technology, telehealth spending per year in the United States will rise from just $240 million in 2014 to $2.2 billion in 2018. Currently, more than 10 million Americans are already receiving care through this growing […]

URAC’s First Take on the Proposed MACRA Rule

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

On April 27, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The nearly 1,000-page proposed rule can be reviewed here . While we are still reviewing and evaluating the proposed rule, our initial assessment leaves us cautiously optimistic about the pending enactment […]

URAC Pharmacy Director Featured in New NASP Continuing Education Program

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

“Accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy – Critical Steps Toward Quality,” originally a live panel discussion held during the annual meeting of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) in October of 2015, is now available as a downloadable continuing education resource. The panel presentation features URAC Director of Pharmacy Heather Bonome, PharmD on the importance of […]

Can Telehealth Solve the Access Issue?

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Access to appropriate and timely care is an all-too-common issue plaguing rural and urban communities across America. Some access issues are a result of primary and specialty provider shortages. Other access issues can be attributed to the design of a health plan’s network. Telehealth (aka Telemedicine), a tool increasingly used by hospitals and physicians, may […]

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. Telehealth 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 […]

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