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URAC Announces New Leadership to Mine Health Care Management Data and Develop Measurement Programs
Date:3/13/2008

Joann Genovich-Richards, Ph.D., MBA, RN is vice president of research and measurement

WASHINGTON, March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today URAC announced it has appointed Joann Genovich-Richards, Ph.D., MBA, RN, to serve as the organization's first vice president of research and measurement. The position will support the development of capabilities and staff resources to better mine and analyze existing data from accredited companies and other sources and to develop new URAC measurement programs. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030501/URACLOGO )

URAC is the Washington, D.C.-based independent accreditor which offers more than 20 accreditation and certification programs along the continuum of care. Currently URAC accredits more than 400 health care management organizations operating in all 50 states. Genovich-Richards will be the key thought leader of URAC's efforts to define industry measurement needs and opportunities, which will result in the development of products that differentiate the services offered by health care management companies.

The initial goal of URAC's metrics offerings is to provide additional information to accredited companies to enable them to benchmark their accreditation evaluations, operational performance and service delivery against industry norms.

"We believe that enhanced benchmarking will further promote URAC's focus on continuous quality improvements," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC's president and CEO. "This will also create the foundation for future programs that would provide public reporting to assist purchasers and consumers in making key health care decisions. The metrics program is aligned with URAC's strategic focus on improving health care management and empowering consumers."

Over the course of her career, Genovich-Richards has served in senior executive roles developing structures, t
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