Technology Enhances Population Health Programs, but the Personal Experience is Still Important

By URAC Staff on Sep 25, 2017 9:30:00 AM

With the transition to value-based healthcare and the growth of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), healthcare providers and payers are looking for ways to overcome barriers to meeting population health goals.

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How Two Pediatric Clinically Integrated Networks Are Leveraging Accreditation

By URAC Staff on Sep 22, 2017 3:28:20 PM

While CINs enable health systems and providers to deliver value-based care, they come with many clinical and operational challenges, including in those related to technology, governance, organizational alignment and care coordination. And there are very real compliance threats. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice and state regulators closely scrutinize the structures of these networks to safeguard against antitrust violations.

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Why Leadership is Vital for Quality Improvement

By Marybeth Farquhar on Sep 19, 2017 12:32:39 PM

Change is a part of every quality improvement initiative, and leadership is essential to the endeavor.  Thought leader Don Berwick, M.D. stated that the failure to move the quality agenda forward was due to the failure of leadership and the inability of medical administrators and the professional workforce to innovate (Galvin, 2005).

Topics: Measures Quality
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How Penn State's LionNet Telestroke Program Moves the Needle for Acute Stroke Patients

By URAC Staff on Sep 14, 2017 12:55:12 PM

The telestroke program at Penn State Hershey Medical Centers (PSHMC) has dramatically improved care for stroke victims and sets a high bar for other organizations looking to follow suit.

Topics: Telehealth
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Why Accreditation Must Evolve to Determine Accountability and Quality in Healthcare

By Marybeth Farquhar, PhD, MSN, RN on Aug 30, 2017 8:54:48 AM

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Healthcare is no exception. Quality and accountability are two buzzwords that began in the latter half of the 2000s and intensified with the passage of the Accountable Care Act in 2010.

Topics: Measures Quality
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URAC and Telemedicine Magazine Host the Telemed Leadership Forum 2018

By URAC Staff on Aug 30, 2017 8:01:00 AM

Hundreds of healthcare leaders will gather at the Renaissance Washington, DC to get insights from more than 27 speakers at the Telemed Leadership Forum 2018: ROI of Telehealth, March 27 – 29, 2018.

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URAC Invites Public Comments for New Genetics Precision Medicine Accreditation Program

By URAC Staff on Aug 15, 2017 5:14:28 PM

WASHINGTON, DC – August 15, 2017 – Independent healthcare accreditor URAC today opens for public comment the proposed performance standards for the organization’s new Genetics Precision Medicine Accreditation program.

Topics: Press Release
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How Accreditation Makes a Dental Plan Stand Out

By Carole Crawford, RN, URAC Accreditation Reviewer on Aug 8, 2017 4:00:00 AM

Dental plans seeking to widen their provider network while providing an exceptional member experience can differentiate themselves through accreditation. It provides an objective, external review of the quality, security, safety and fairness of their operations and assures providers and members alike that the plan adheres to industry best practices in all areas. But that’s just the beginning.

Topics: Dental Plans
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