Hurricane Harvey Tests Durability of Community Health Choice

By URAC Staff on Oct 26, 2017 4:49:12 PM

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.”

Topics: Health plans
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The Promise of Telemedicine and the Missing Quality Debate

By Aaron Turner-Phifer, Vice President, Government Relations and Policy on Oct 23, 2017 4:17:52 PM

It is an old but true adage that government moves slowly. While change may be swift, your local, state, or federal regulator is not.

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New York State Office of Mental Health Expands Access, Preserves Quality Through Telehealth

By URAC Staff on Oct 19, 2017 8:57:23 AM



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.

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St. Vincent’s Health Partners: How URAC’s Clinical Integration Accreditation Program Helps Us Build an Internal Structure that Supports Success

By URAC Staff on Oct 13, 2017 2:03:15 PM

Achieving URAC’s Clinical Integration Accreditation has resulted in many unexpected efficiencies and improvements for St. Vincent’s Health Partners (SVHP). But not just clinically.

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Donna Merrick Speaking on Core Standards at The 3rd Annual NAIRO Symposium

By URAC Staff on Oct 13, 2017 1:49:54 PM

Each year, NAIRO and its members stage an annual Symposium discussing the latest developments and trends in independent medical review. The Symposium delivers in-depth educational content, along with networking opportunities to meet and exchange ideas. The theme for the three-day event is "Trust in Healthcare," highlighting security, regulatory, and legal topics as IROs work in a changing healthcare environment.

Topics: IRO
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Telehealth is a Game Changer for Healthcare, but Challenges Remain

By URAC Staff on Oct 12, 2017 4:14:24 PM

Telehealth is a promising new avenue for providing greater access to care for countless patients. However, not all healthcare organizations are ready to press forward on a fully developed program. 

Topics: Telehealth
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What Role Will Measures and Accreditation Play in Ensuring Quality Telehealth Care?

By URAC Staff on Oct 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Robust measurement and accreditation programs are key components of a successful telehealth program, leading experts say.

“There shouldn’t be any difference between a quality telehealth visit” and a traditional in-office doctor visit, says Marybeth Farquhar, vice president, quality, research and measurement, URAC.

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5 Key Elements that Drive Success for Westchester Medical Center’s $7 million Telehealth Program

By URAC Staff on Sep 27, 2017 9:30:00 AM

When New York-based Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) decided in 2015 to launch a telehealth program across its 6,200-square-mile service area, the 10-hospital network opted to build it from scratch, investing more than $7 million in technology and infrastructure.

Topics: Telehealth
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