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URAC Releases Standards and Measures for Wellness Programs for Public Comment
Date:6/24/2008

provement and potential cost savings," said Alan Spielman, URAC's president and CEO. "The addition of two Wellness Accreditation Programs to the suite of URAC Health Management accreditations will be a valuable tool for purchasers of these programs to evaluate whether health management organizations promoting wellness meet industry-recognized standards and measures for effectiveness, safety and quality."

"URAC Comprehensive Wellness and Focused Wellness Health Management Accreditation Programs will help employers recognize quality programs which are based on reliable standards for program participant assessment, wellness interventions and program evaluation," said Douglas Metz, DC, chairman of the URAC Standards Committee. "The Comprehensive Wellness Standards will include specific program quality measures. This is the first time a URAC accreditation program has included quantitative measurement as a component of its standards. As employers focus more on wellness, health improvement, and productivity improvement, the development of standards and expectations for companies providing wellness programs is crucial for the improved quality and efficiency of wellness interventions that are developed and implemented."

In addition to its core organizational quality standards, URAC's Wellness Accreditation will include standardized definitions and measures to evaluate programs. These standard components will allow health management companies to demonstrate they meet quality organizational standards and will aid purchasers as they compare and evaluate the services those companies provide.

URAC's Comprehensive Wellness Accreditation is slated to include five broad areas of focus. In addition to including the comprehensive Core Organizational Quality Standards, the Wellness modules are:

-- Assessment: Includes risk identification and risk awareness components;

-- Interventions: Addresses overall program design, staffing, and use of incentives
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