URAC Launches Clinical Integration, Accountable Care Accreditation Programs
URAC, an independent accreditation organization, has launched two new accreditation programs for clinical integration and accountable care.
The clinical integration accreditation program focuses on the development of the organizational structure needed to achieve clinical integration and on the application of evidence-based practices, according to a news release. The program offers guidance for provider organizations on achieving care coordination and interdependent operations.
Accountable Care Accreditation from URAC supports a focus on total population health and improving health outcomes through care coordination. The program addresses population-based risk management, health information technology and patient centeredness and engagement, among other aspects of accountable care.
"URAC's new accreditation programs are a roadmap for providers to successfully navigate the complex structural and cultural changes required under the Affordable Care Act to succeed in a new environment focused on quality and accountability. Accreditation provides a competitive advantage for healthcare organizations by distinguishing themselves in the market while meeting industry needs at a crucial time of change," Kylanne Green, URAC president and CEO, said in the release.
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