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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Launch of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact May Boost Telehealth Usage

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

Healthcare organizations increasingly view telehealth technology as a strategic tool in expanding the reach of their services. According to a survey released on April 19 by the tax, audit and advisory firm KPMG, one-third of providers now use video-based virtual care and remote patient monitoring services, while about three-quarters of healthcare organizations currently have virtual care incentives in place.

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Telehealth Shows Potential for Workers’ Compensation

By URAC on May 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Advanced telehealth programs have the potential to transform the workers’ compensation industry, providing injured employees with a convenient, personal and effective alternative to on-site medical care while reducing utilization of unnecessary services.

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Telehealth Offers Cost Savings Opportunities for Hospitals and Patients

By URAC on May 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

With healthcare costs on the rise, telehealth is increasingly being seen as a way for healthcare organizations to save money. A March 2017 report by The Rural Broadband Association suggests telehealth use holds the potential for robust savings. While the cost savings vary by state, the U.S. national average of hospital cost savings per medical facility is estimated at $20,841. In California, for example, the annual hospital cost savings is estimated at $104,564 per facility.   

Topics: Telehealth
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URAC Accreditation Experts to Speak at 2017 Asembia Specialty Pharmacy Summit

By URAC on Apr 24, 2017 10:30:00 AM

LAS VEGAS, NV –  April 24, 2017  – URAC’s President and CEO Kylanne Green and Director of Pharmacy Heather Bonome have been selected to speak at the 2017 Asembia Specialty Pharmacy Summit at the Wynn & Encore Las Vegas. URAC is the premier accrediting organization in the U.S. pharmacy industry.

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URAC White Paper Highlights the Changing Role of Specialty Pharmacy and Its Impact on Patient Outcomes

By URAC on Apr 19, 2017 11:00:00 AM

WASHINGTON, DC – April 19, 2017 –Independent accreditor URAC today released a new Industry Insight Report for specialty pharmacy providers entitled “Competing in the Specialty Pharmacy Market: Key Competencies for Performance in Value-Based Healthcare.” The report examines why specialty pharmacies need to incorporate a sixth right -- the right result -- to the traditional “five rights” of medication administration, to be successful in the value-based healthcare model. The patient-centric care model, when employed by specialty pharmacies, means working with individual patients and their providers to achieve the drug’s intended therapeutic result and prevent a costly hospital stay.

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