URAC Presents Pharmacy Accreditation Standards Two-Day Workshop Following the 2017 NASP Annual Conference

By URAC on Jun 23, 2017 9:00:43 AM

WASHINGTON, DC – Independent healthcare accreditor URAC today announced a two-day workshop on the Pharmacy Core v3.1, Specialty Pharmacy v3.0 and Mail Service Pharmacy v3.0 accreditation standards, being held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park on September 21-22, 2017. The workshop will be conducted immediately following the 2017 National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) Annual Meeting, September 18-20.

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URAC Releases Its “2016 Year in Review”

By URAC on Jun 22, 2017 2:42:53 PM

URAC tells its story in the “2016 Year in Review” – a visual report that gives a snapshot of accomplishments in 2016, describes our non-profit mission and values, articulates what we do and why we do it, and provides employee stats.

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3 Innovative Programs of Highly Successful ACOs

By URAC on Jun 16, 2017 1:40:18 PM

Accountable care may still be a relatively new model in some areas, but the numbers of ACOs are steadily increasing. There were approximately 660 ACOs in the U.S. in 2015. The number increased to 838 last year. Success, however, can be elusive.

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Patient-Centered Care Requires Patient-Centered Outcomes Measures

By Marybeth Farquhar, PhD, MSN, RN on Jun 6, 2017 2:07:06 PM

The drive toward value-based care is requiring the healthcare industry to make a 180-degree turn from where we were just a few years ago. We’re moving away from a system focused on treating sickness to one that strives for wellness; from encouraging volume to demanding value; from filling beds to penalizing readmissions; and finally, from a system centered on the provider to one that rightfully revolves around the patient.

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Why Phoenix Children’s Care Network Became the First URAC-Accredited Clinically Integrated Pediatric Network

By URAC on Jun 5, 2017 10:16:23 AM

When Phoenix Children’s Care Network (PCCN) became the first clinically integrated pediatric network to achieve URAC accreditation in April, it blazed a trail that other children’s hospitals are starting to follow.

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URAC Invites Public Comments for Revised Case Management Accreditation Standards

By URAC on May 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

WASHINGTON, DC – May 30, 2017 – Independent healthcare accreditor URAC opens the revised Case Management Accreditation Standards for public comment beginning on May 30, 2017, and ending June 23, 2017, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Click here to access the proposed Case Management standards and the tool for providing public comment: https://accreditnetadmin.urac.org:443/UracPortal/Comment/Preamble?pcId=9495.

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How Utilization Review Programs are Lowering Soaring Workers’ Comp Drug Costs

By URAC on May 18, 2017 9:01:00 AM

Innovative utilization review strategies are putting a big dent in soaring workers’ compensation drug costs, particularly when it comes to opioids.

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Extension of Veterans Choice Program Continues Effort to Increase Access and Reduce Wait

By By Houeida Saad, JD, RN and Aaron Turner-Phifer on May 16, 2017 1:00:00 PM

On April 19th, President Trump signed into law (S. 544) extending the Veterans Choice Program which allows some veterans to receive healthcare from local doctors and hospitals.  The legislation passed with broad bipartisan support – the bill was approved, by voice vote, in both the House and the Senate.

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