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URAC Announces Support for Principles of Disclosure Project's Patient Charter
Date:4/1/2008

the bar for health care management organizations to proactively address the expanding consumer need for information to make wise health care choices.

"These revisions reflect URAC's ongoing leadership to support consumers and purchasers and enhance transparency so they can wisely assess health care value and make key health care decisions," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC's president and CEO. "URAC has been building this foundation with health care organizations over the past several years with our emphasis on the Institute of Medicine's six aims for safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care."

Spielman said URAC will evaluate its techniques and enhance accreditation standards based on the nature of the public comments received and in consideration of the principles outlined by the Disclosure Project Patient Charter. Further support for the principles will also be considered as part of URAC's interpretive guidance during the accreditation process.

"We have seen quality standards develop over the years as a multi-stage process," Spielman said. "The principles brought forward by the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project bring needed attention in support of this process."

"Health care measurement and public reporting are powerful mechanisms to drive improvements in quality and efficiency," said Peter Lee, co-chair of the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project and executive director for national health policy of the Pacific Business Group on Health. "Independent review of health plans against the Patient Charter's principles is essential to assure credibility of physician performance measurement programs nationally."

For more information about the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project, go to http://healthcaredisclosure.org.

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