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URAC Calls for Comments on Changes to Standards for Health Web Site, HIPAA Privacy and Security Accreditation Programs
Date:12/20/2007

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today URAC called for comments on major revisions to its accreditation standards for Health Web Site, HIPAA Privacy (Business Associate and Covered Entity) and HIPAA Security (Business Associate and Covered Entity) accreditation programs. URAC is seeking input from any interested parties, including purchasers, consumers, health care management organizations and health plans. The deadline for public comment is Feb. 10, 2008.

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URAC's Health Standards Committee reviewed and revised the standards now open for public comment. The proposed revisions for these programs include new weights assigned to each standard element. Changes to Health Web Site Version 2.1 accreditation standards include clarification about health content reviewer qualifications and specific documentation required for quality management. Changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Version 1.1 accreditation standards include a requirement for periodic assessment updates and staff training, retention of copies of all business associate agreements, and a new requirement for business associate staff members regarding privacy rules and sanctions.

"The current standards revision cycle is focused on two primary and important aspects of the health care system," said Douglas Metz, DC, chairman of URAC's Health Standards Committee and chief health services officer for American Specialty Health. "First, the advancement of standards that support consumer health and welfare, and second, updating standards and the interpretive guide to acknowledge significant changes within the health care system. These standards updates are being made with stakeholder input; public comment recommendations are critical to the standards development process. Every comment is reviewed by the committee in the updating
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