For Avizia Chief Executive Officer Mike Baird, becoming the first telehealth provider to achieve URAC telehealth accreditation is about more than demonstrating his organization’s commitment to delivering the highest level of quality. It’s also about promoting the entire concept of telehealth in the minds of patients and providers.
The healthcare community is strongly supportive of performance measures to further improve care quality, but remains wary because they want to be tracked in a “fair and transparent way by measures that provide useful information for consumers and for quality improvement,” Marybeth Farquhar, PhD, MSN, RN, and URAC’s vice president of quality, research, & measurement, told attendees of a recent webinar, “The Politics of Performance Measurement.”
Specialty pharmacies can enhance patient care, serve more customers, and expand the provider network if they pursue accreditation with an across the board commitment and a clear understanding of goals, says Heather Bonome, URAC director of pharmacy.
“Think of it as a way to organize and demonstrate your commitment to quality,” she says in a new podcast, “Pharmacy Accreditation: A URAC Perspective”, hosted by Christopher W. Kennedy, MSM, chief operating officer, Heritage Biologics, Inc.
America’s military veterans deserve the very best medical services we can provide – and accreditation should play a key role in ensuring they receive the highest possible standard of healthcare, says Dr. Kevin Galpin, executive director, Telehealth Services Office of Connected Care, Veterans Health Administration at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The benefits of URAC Clinical Integration accreditation are crystal clear to Ginger Hines, the new senior director of operations at the Seattle Children’s Care Network (SCCN).
When Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston in August, pounding the city with powerful wind gusts and several inches of rain, Community Health Choice (CHC) was ready. “I’ve lived through three hurricanes,” says native Houstonian Delwin Beene, director of accreditation at CHC. “This wasn’t our first time at the rodeo.”
It is an old but true adage that government moves slowly. While change may be swift, your local, state, or federal regulator is not.
Washington, DC -- The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has announced that it will accept telehealth accreditation as evidence of regulatory compliance for part of the state’s telepsychiatry requirements.