Navigation Links
American Specialty Health and INSPIRIS Win Top Honors in URAC's Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards
Date:3/26/2008

Esteemed judges spotlight 22 winning programs for setting new benchmarks in

consumer-focused care

WASHINGTON, March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- URAC recognized two programs with Best Practices Awards at a ceremony Tuesday evening spotlighting the 22 award recipients of its first-ever Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030501/URACLOGO )

American Specialty Health was named the Best Practices Award winner in consumer/patient safety for its program, "Reduction in Regional Variation of X-ray Utilization." Programs in this category are broadly related to patient or consumer safety issues such as safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable care. Outcomes for these programs are limited to health/clinical metrics.

INSPIRIS and Mercy Care Plan of Arizona won the Best Practices Award for "INSPIRIS CarePlus Nurse Practitioner-Led Care" in the integrated care coordination category. Programs in this category are designed to coordinate or manage the care of patients/consumers among different, often isolated, "agents" of care.

"Winning a Best Practices Award is an important signal to the marketplace, a mark of distinction that will resonate in the purchaser community and ultimately among consumers," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC's president and CEO. "This awards competition and conference recognize the programs that are blazing new trails in consumer protection and empowerment and can be used as models for innovation and quality throughout the health care management industry."

In all, URAC honored 22 winners for excellence among entries from health care management, health information technology, health plan and pharmacy benefit management organizations. Entries were judged by a distinguished panel of industry experts in three categories: consumer decision support, consumer/patient safety, and integrated care coordination. Programs were selected as winners for their ability to measurably demonstrate an impact on consumer empowerment and/or protection, as well as their potential for wide- spread implementation of the program by other organizations.

"URAC is breaking new ground with this first-ever competition that draws from organizations across the health care management spectrum," Spielman said. "These are effective, innovative practices that can be duplicated to the benefit of consumers and health care purchasers across the country."

Winners of URAC's Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards are:

Honorable Mention:

-- OptumHealth, "OptumHealth Treatment Decision Support Program"

-- Aetna, Inc., "Aetna's Health Care Transparency Initiative"

-- Sensei, Inc., a Humana Joint Venture, "Sensei for Weight Loss"

-- BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City and Prime Solutions, Inc.,

"Adolescent Immunization Community Collaborative"

-- FONEMED and Centra Care, "Exposure Hotline of Centra Care and FONEMED"

-- Eli Lilly and Company, Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc. and the

Missouri Department of Mental Health, "Behavioral Pharmacy Management

Program"

-- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, "Blue Care Connection: Closing the

Gaps in the Obesity Epidemic"

-- Medco Health Solutions, "Improving Patient Safety for Diabetic

Patients"

Winners in the Health Care Management Category:

-- Bronze Award, Paradigm Health, "Care Management Impact on Advance

Directive Completion"

-- Silver Award, INSPIRIS and Mercy Care Plan of Arizona, "INSPIRIS

CarePlus Nurse Practitioner-Led Care"

-- Gold Award, PsycHealth, Ltd., "Behavioral Health Home Intervention

Impact on Readmissions"

Winners in the Health Information Technology Category:

-- Bronze Award, ActiveHealth Management, "Helping Consumers Close Gaps in

Their Health Care"

-- Silver Award, Eli Lilly and Company, Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc.

and Missouri Department of Mental Health, "Behavioral Pharmacy

Management Program"

-- Gold Award, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "My HealtheVet"

Winners in the Health Plan Category:

-- Bronze Award, Martin's Point Health Care, "Post Hospital Discharge Call

Process"

-- Silver Award, Molina Healthcare of Washington and Washington State

Department of Social and Health Services, "The Washington Medicaid

Integration Partnership"

-- Gold Award, BlueCross Blue Shield of Kansas City and Prime Solutions,

Inc., "Adolescent Immunization Community Collaborative"

Winners in the Pharmacy Benefit Management Category:

-- Bronze Award, Express Scripts , "Express Scripts Generics Today"

-- Silver Award, Prescription Solutions, "Geriatric RxMonitor Program"

-- Gold Award, MemberHealth, LLC, "Improving ACE-I Utilization in Medicare

Part D"

Best Practices Awards:

-- American Specialty Health, "Reduction in Regional Variation of X-ray

Utilization"

-- INSPIRIS and Mercy Care Plan of Arizona, "INSPIRIS CarePlus Nurse

Practitioner-Led Care"

About URAC

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and education 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.


'/>"/>
SOURCE URAC
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Many Older Americans Have Active Sex Lives
2. Despite grumbling, most Americans say they are happy at work
3. Record Number of Americans Lack Health Insurance
4. Longaberger Expands Horizon of Hope Campaign to Build Support for American Cancer Societys Breast Cancer Initiatives
5. AUDIO from Medialink and Pfizer: Number of Uninsured Americans Grows to 47 Million
6. New Survey Shows Americans are Still Concerned About Food Safety, Yet Still Not Smart About What They Like to Eat
7. Novo Nordisk Appoints New Leader of North American Business
8. Amid Improving Life Expectancy Rates, Risk of Premature Death is Still Significant for Americans, New Study Shows
9. Primary biliary cirrhosis more severe in African-American and Hispanic patients
10. AOA President Calls on Congress to Reauthorize SCHIP and Take Action to Ensure Health Care Coverage for All Americans
11. American Chemical Societys Weekly Presspac -- Sept. 5, 2007
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... On Tuesday, April 26, ... the Southeast, celebrated the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal on SB 258, the “Rural ... (R - Cumming), offers a 70% tax credit to individuals and corporations which donate ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Fort Stewart, GA (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... on Monday, May 16, 2016, at its new location in the Exchange Furniture Mall ... including a raffle for a 50-inch Samsung Smart TV. Plus attendees will have the ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... announces the Gyrociser, an exercise invention which aids in proper muscle development. , ... Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of World Patent Marketing. "Globalization has threatened the ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Reltok Nasal Products proudly announces that Boston Medical ... neck/ear, nose and throat specialty, has added the KOTLER NASAL AIRWAY™ to its diverse ... is a newly patented safety device secured by nasal surgeons onto the floor of ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... print media enterprise focused entirely on patients with cancer, today announced that Lynne ... chosen as the 2016 CURE® Extraordinary Healer® for Oncology Nursing , which ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/29/2016)... 29, 2016 ReportsnReports.com adds ... market research report that provides an overview of ... at various stages, therapeutics assessment by drug target, ... and molecule type, along with latest updates, and ... key players involved in the therapeutic development for ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , April 29, 2016 ... glyco-biology expertise, today announces the appointment of Dr. ... Dr. Zurlo is an oncologist with many years clinical ... and biotechnology industries. His last role was at Mologen ... of the Executive Board. Previously Dr. Zurlo held various ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016  While Abbott,s announced purchase of ... valve repair and stent business, healthcare research firm ... more firmly into patient monitoring.  Kalorama said that ... device areas, with double-digit growth expected the next ... Advanced Remote Patient Monitoring . Abbott Laboratories ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: