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Beta Testing Opportunity for URAC Clinically Integrated Network Accreditation Program
Date:12/19/2012

(PRWEB) December 19, 2012

URAC, a leading independent, health care accreditation and measurement organization, is pleased to announce a limited number of opportunities are available for provider organizations to beta test its new Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) accreditation standards. The draft CIN standards are available for public comment through December 28, 2012: http://www.urac.org/publiccomment.

The drive for accountability in health care has never been greater, which is why URAC is offering a clear pathway that providers can follow to become a CIN. The benefits of forming a CIN can be substantial. Care is seamlessly coordinated and patient medical information flows freely, while care referrals and required follow-ups are closely tracked. Dedicated care coordination and provider integration are the essential backbone of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). By forming a CIN, providers coalesce around the needs of each patient, delivering care based on a common set of clinical best practices. URAC’s draft standards have been carefully designed to align with Federal Trade Commission regulations.

“Our experience partnering with beta organizations has always been a productive undertaking for all concerned,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC President and CEO. “Our betas give us the insight and guidance needed to generate a final accreditation product that is truly responsive to industry and customer needs. In addition, participating organizations gain a leg up on the competition by serving as early adopters, and are that much closer to achieving full URAC CIN accreditation.”

The first organizations to participate in the CIN beta test include Catholic Medical Partners, IPA; Essen Medical Associates, P.C.; and St. Vincent’s Health Partners.

“Over the past six years, Catholic Medical Partners has developed a com
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