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URAC Stresses Importance of Standards for Wellness Programs and Health Plan at AHIP Institute 2009
Date:6/17/2009

Industry Experts Discuss Accountability and Transparency for Wellness, Health Plans and Health Networks

WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Clear standards are essential to ensure the quality of wellness programs, health plans and health networks, according to URAC, the leading health care accreditation and education organization. URAC Director of Accreditation Valerie Nosek, RN, MPA, CPHQ, discussed accreditation standards for health plans and health networks and wellness programs at the recent America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute 2009.

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"URAC accreditation provides organizations with external oversight, national benchmarks, public accountability and a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of their services," said Alan P. Spielman, president and CEO of URAC. "Accreditation also allows purchasers and consumers an assurance of quality."

Currently, 39 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government have recognized URAC's accreditation standards as the industry benchmark. Many states require URAC accreditation to meet state regulatory requirements. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid also recognize URAC accreditation for the Medicare Advantage Program.

To date, more than 30 companies have received, or
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