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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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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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: Quality Measures
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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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