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New Members Named to URAC's Board of Directors

URAC broadens multi-stakeholder reach to reflect new focus

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Today URAC announced five new members of the organization's Board of Directors, representing interests from the pharmacy management, insurance and public spheres.

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The 24-member URAC Board of Directors provides oversight and guidance to the independent, nonprofit organization which promotes health care quality through its accreditation and education programs. URAC is well-known for its multi-disciplinary approach to setting accreditation standards.

"These new members represent a range of expertise that will complement the diverse experience of other board members," said Robert L. Crocker, MD, chairman of URAC's Board of Directors and chief medical officer for American Specialty Health. "URAC is bringing new accreditation products to market, such as pharmacy benefit management and drug therapy management, which are designed to protect and empower the consumer. We look forward to the active involvement and insight our new board members will bring to the table."

The new members are:

-- John D. Jones, RPh, JD, vice president of professional practice and

pharmacy policy for Prescription Solutions, nominated by the Academy of

Managed Care Pharmacy. Prior to his position at Prescription

Solutions, he served as director of pharmacy relations for Blue Shield

of California. Jones is both a pharmacist and an attorney with

experience in managed health care regulation, pharmacy health

insurance, health care contracting and interstate regulatory compliance

for PBMs and health plans. Jones serves as chairman of URAC's Pharmacy

Benefit Management Advisory Committee, the 34-member multi-stakeholder

body that worked intensively in a year-long effort to advise URAC on

the development of accreditation standards, released in July 2007. He

is a frequent writer and lecturer on prescription benefit management

policy and quality strategies.

-- Debra A. Keiser, CRC, CCM, vice president, worldwide medical manager

for Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, representing the American

Insurance Association. Prior to joining Chubb in 1994, she was

executive vice president, sales, marketing and strategic planning for

Focus Healthcare Management. She holds a master of science in

counseling and human relations and a bachelor of science degree in

psychology. Keiser is a certified rehabilitation counselor and

certified case manager. Her white paper, "Lessons Learned from the

9/11 Catastrophe" was published through the Workers Compensation

Research Institute.

-- Steven Kreisberg, health care policy and collective bargaining director

of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

(AFSCME), AFL-CIO since 1994. Prior to that, he served on the staffs

of the American Nurses Association and the National Treasury Employees

Union, and was executive director of the National Federation of Federal

Employees. He has been a full-time professional in the labor movement

since 1981. Kreisberg holds a bachelor of science degree from Cornell

University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and has served on

the school's Alumni Board of Directors.

-- Marcy Morrison, commissioner of insurance for the Colorado Division of

Insurance, representing the National Association of Insurance

Commissioners. Morrison served as a county commissioner from 1984 to

1992, and served from 1992 to 2000 in the Colorado House of

Representatives, chairing the Health Environment, Welfare and

Institutions Committee, which had legislative oversight of the Colorado

Departments of Human Services, Public Health and Environment, and

Health Care Policy and Financing. She served on Colorado Springs'

Memorial Hospital board of directors for seven years, serving as chair

of its Government Relations Committee for four years. In November 2000,

she was elected mayor of Manitou Springs, CO. Prior to her appointment

as commissioner of insurance, she served as chair of the Division of

Insurance's volunteer Consumer Council and is a consumer

representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

-- Vernon C. Rowen, vice president for government affairs of Express

Scripts, Inc., nominated by the Pharmaceutical Care Management

Association (PCMA). In his position at Express Scripts he is

responsible for managing corporate legislative and regulatory

initiatives such as state and federal government relations, public

policy, political action, community involvement and trade association

activities. Prior to joining Express Scripts in 2000, he represented

health plan and health insurer interests with the state legislature and

departments of insurance at the Health Insurance Association of America

and the American Association of Health Plans. He holds a bachelor of

arts degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

"The composition of the URAC Board of Directors is designed to reflect the providers, industry, and public stakeholders in the health care sectors it accredits and serves," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC's president and chief executive officer. In addition to subject matter experts, the board is composed of individuals representing its member organizations which include: American College of Physicians, America's Health Insurance Plans, American Health Quality Association, American Hospital Association, American Insurance Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Case Management Society of America, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and the National Business Coalition on Health.

URAC board members are elected to serve a three-year term and are eligible for renewal upon re-nomination and re-election by the board. New board members and those elected as renewed members are, typically, elected by the board each spring. However, new members may be duly elected by the Board to fill vacancies, as applicable.

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About URAC

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

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