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Policy Makers Discuss Health Care Reform at URAC Quality Summit
Date:8/31/2009

Politics and Possibilities of Health Care Reform To Be Addressed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- URAC, the nation's leading health care accreditation and education organization, today announced that several key policy makers and insurance leaders will lead a discussion, titled "Federal and State Health Policy Initiatives: Impact on the Nation's Health Care Landscape," at URAC's 10th Annual Quality Summit and Exhibit. This session is among the many high-level topics which will be addressed by CEOs and other executives from across the health care industry.

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"The U.S. Congress is engaged in a great debate about the future of health care in America. If we continue on our current path, health care costs will consume 34 percent of our GDP by 2040, and the number of uninsured Americans will rise to 72 million," said Alan P. Spielman, President and CEO of URAC. "URAC has brought this panel together to encourage dialogue within the industry and help advance the conversation surrounding health care. With discussion comes resolution and the hope of more consumer empowerment in health care."

The panel, consisting of Morris Chavez, Superintendent of Insurance for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission; Joy Johnson Wilson, Federal Affairs Counsel and Director of Health Policy for the National Conference of State Legislatures; and Scott Kipper, Commissioner of Insurance for the Nevada Department of Business and Industry will offer perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing Americans, discuss the politics that encompass the current health care debate, and address the likelihood of national health care legislation passing by the end of 2009. John DuMoulin, Vice President of Government Relations, Product Development and Education for URAC, will serve as moderator and lead the panel in discussion.

"I salute URAC on taking a leadership role with its Quality Summit and the session addressing the debate on national health care reform," said Commissioner Chavez. "I am excited to share my views with such a diverse group of health care professionals."

This panel discussion, which will take place on Wednesday, October 7, supports the theme of the 2009 Summit, "Enhancing Health Value for Consumers." This year's event is designed to nurture innovation within health care organizations and inspire participants to pursue higher quality health care for consumers. More details and the full list of sessions and events that will take place at the Summit can be found at http://www.urac.org/accreditationEducation/10thAnnualSummitagenda.asp.

The 10th Annual Quality Summit will be held October 6-8, 2009 at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, AZ. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.urac.org/accreditationEducation/10thAnnualSummit.asp. Group discounts are available for multiple registrants from the same organization. For more information on group discounts and inquiries or for special needs requests, please contact education@urac.org, or call (202) 216-9010.

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 www.urac.org.


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