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URAC Announces Accreditation Standards for Comprehensive Wellness Programs
Date:11/19/2008

s are seeking ways to measure the effectiveness of wellness programs. Accreditation is a critical tool employers and purchasers can use to evaluate vendors on a level playing field."

The new Comprehensive Wellness standards and measures were developed by an expert advisory group of employers, health plans, consumer representatives, public benefits organizations, health care professional associations, providers and wellness companies. The program-specific standards fall into five broad categories, creating an evaluation framework for wellness programs that focuses on individual health improvement and risk reduction:

  • Assessment: Includes risk identification and risk awareness program components, such as the use of Health Risk Assessments;
  • Interventions: Addresses overall program design, health coaching, and use of consumer participation incentives, education and communications aspects of wellness programs;
  • Evaluation: Focuses on how the wellness organization calculates, measures, and reports participant progress and overall clinical and financial program success to the client;
  • Integration: Focuses on an organization's ability and willingness to coordinate with other organizations, operations, and programs already in place; and
  • Measurement: Focuses on producing and reporting to purchasers and the public on a specified set of performance measures.

"The Comprehensive Wellness program was developed as part of URAC's commitment to consumer empowerment and protection," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC's president and CEO. "Wellness organizations and employers have recognized the need to support individuals in the improvement and maintenance of their health, and URAC's standards and measures provide a meaningful and actionable framework for wellness program evaluat
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