URAC Seeks Public Comment on Quality Performance Measures for Disease Management Accreditation

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Public Input Sought at http://www.urac.org/publiccomment/ through October 14, 2011

URAC, a leading health care accreditation and education organization, today opened a call for public comment to share input and opinions on proposed quality performance measures and measurement concepts for its Disease Management Accreditation program. Purchasers, policy makers, consumers, health care management organizations, employers, and health plans are encouraged to provide their comments on the proposed URAC standards and measures at http://www.urac.org/publiccomment/. The deadline for public comment is 6:00 pm EDT on October 14, 2011.

“The addition of new measures to our program augments the powerful advantage of URAC accreditation by allowing organizations to demonstrate quantitative results to employers and other purchasers,” said Alan P. Spielman, President and CEO of URAC.

Consistent with URAC’s standards development process, measure selection and development is done collaboratively with multiple stakeholders working though a multi-stage process that includes public comment. The URAC Disease Management Advisory Groups, Health Standards Committee and Measures Advisory Group have been actively engaged in the process of revising the current standards, developing new standards and selecting measures for inclusion in the program.

The performance measures open for comment are categorized as:

  • Cross cutting measures, which include quality of care measures that measure across conditions or diseases and include areas such as care coordination, patient safety, patient engagement, and prevention; and
  • Disease specific measures, which are those measures specific to a particular disease or condition such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, etc.

The measures available for public comment were carefully reviewed and selected to best reflect recent trends within the disease management industry, in particular concepts related to managing multiple chronic conditions, increased patient activation and engagement, increased care coordination and transitions of care – including working with the patient centered health care home (i.e., medical home).

For more information, please contact URAC's Vice President for Research & Measurement, Marybeth Farquhar, at (202) 962-8836 or email at mfarquhar(at)urac(dot)org.

About URAC
URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit http://www.urac.org.

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