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Date:7/29/2009

10th Annual Quality Summit to Focus on Value for Organizations and Consumers

WASHINGTON, July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- URAC, a leading health care accreditation and education organization, today announced the full agenda for its 10th Annual Quality Summit and Exhibit October 6-8, 2009. The event will feature an outstanding assembly of thought leaders and industry experts in health care from across the nation including keynote speakers Robert Galvin, MD, Executive Director of Health Services and Chief Medical Officer for General Electric Company and Linda Armstrong Kelly, author, advocate and mother of cycling champion Lance Armstrong.

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The theme for this year's Summit, "Enhancing Health Value for Consumers," emphasizes the need to nurture innovation within health care organizations and aims to inspire participants to pursue higher quality health care for consumers. Health care professionals interested in issues relating to quality across the health management spectrum will have an opportunity to interact with thought leaders and experts in health care, as well as friends and colleagues, through numerous break-out sessions and networking events.

"URAC's 2009 Quality Summit will highlight ways in which managed care professionals can enhance value for consumers from overseeing or implementing comprehensive health plans and administering pharmacy benefits to developing innovative programs to keep consumers healthy," said Alan P. Spielman, president and CEO of URAC. "With the introduction of our new 'Health Care Stars!' awards, we will recognize individual excellence. Participants will be able to share ideas, insights and strategies designed to raise the bar on quality and meet the needs of the customers they serve."

In addition to the keynote speakers, attendees will be able to hear from leading experts including Health Management Corporation, American Specialty Health, Nevada Department of Business and Industry Division of Insurance and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Division of Insurance. Topics scheduled for the Summit include Promoting Accreditation with Health Policy Makers and Government Purchasers, and Health Policy Initiatives Impact on the Health Care Landscape. Many of the concurrent sessions at the Summit will feature presentations on innovative and emerging practices from recipients of the 2009 Honorable Mention Awards in the Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards Program, including TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Lifeworks, Vital Decisions, LLC, and SNAPforSeniors, Inc. To see the full schedule and list of speakers, please visit http://www.urac.org/accreditationEducation/10thAnnualSummit.asp.

A new feature to the Summit this year is the "Health Care Stars!" Awards Program to honor those health care professionals who directly impact the lives of consumers they serve. URAC solicited nominations for exceptional people who have shown fortitude and leadership and constantly risen above their daily duties to improve people's lives by protecting and empowering consumers in their health care choices and services.

"Those who choose to work in health care and have a rare dedication to improving the lives of others deserve this recognition for the great work they're doing to protect and empower health care consumers," said John DuMoulin, Vice President of Product Development, Government Relations and Education for URAC . "Even as health care in this country faces major reforms, URAC wants to recognize those who show an exceptional commitment to what will remain the most important aspect of any health care policy -- providing quality care to consumers."

Approximately 400 key decision makers are expected to attend the Summit this year. This includes executive leadership, medical directors, professionals in utilization, case and disease management, health information and decision support specialists, consultants, and compliance and regulatory staff from organizations in the health care community including health plans, health management companies and pharmacy management companies.

This year's Summit will be held 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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