Health Integrated Receives URAC Reaccreditation
Tampa, Florida – Health Integrated announced today that it has renewed its accreditation for Case Management, Disease Management and Health Utilization Management by URAC, a Washington, DC–based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. URAC’s Case Management Accreditation standards require companies to establish a process to assess, plan and implement case management interventions. Disease Management Accreditation standards require companies to establish coordinated healthcare interventions and communications for populations with conditions in which patient self-care efforts are significant. Health Utilization Management Standards provide assurance to patients, providers, purchasers, regulators, and employers that the practices of the organization performing these services are fair and equitable for all parties. Health Integrated was first accredited for Health Utilization Management in 2001 and Case Management and Disease Management in 2004.
“Health Integrated is honored to once again be awarded Case Management, Disease Management, and Health Utilization Management Accreditation from URAC”, said Sam Toney, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Health Integrated. “We are pleased to be recognized in the industry for our comprehensive approach to Disease Management and our whole-patient philosophy around behavioral and medical health management. The URAC distinction underscores the quality of our work with customers, patients, clients, payors, and practitioners/providers by demonstrating compliance with national standards for Case Management, Disease Management and Health Utilization Management services.”
Health Integrated, Inc. pioneers health and condition management programs, resulting in better mental and physical health for individuals across the care continuum. Driven by a strong entrepreneurial culture, Health Integrated combines behavioral health and modification expertise with advanced analytic and mass personalization technology to deliver tailored outcomes-driven behavioral, medical and disease management solutions for health plans, employers and government organizations. As a result, healthcare economics, quality of life, productivity and clinical outcomes are all improved.
Health Integrated is leading innovation in the Disease Management industry with its Synergy Personal Health Management® program. Synergy addresses the individual through a set of high intensity interventions, taking into account depression and other behavioral barriers across a broad spectrum of health conditions. The program empowers individuals through coaching, education, support and tools to better manage their health and improve their quality of life in collaboration with their physician’s plan of care while at the same time increasing productivity and lowering health care costs.
Health Integrated’s Case Management and Health Utilization Management programs are part of the company’s Synthesis Health Management Services offering. Synthesis includes a complete suite of medical and behavioral health management programs that can stand alone or be integrated to meet customer needs and best serve patients. In addition to Case Management and Health Utilization Management, Synthesis includes Physician Review Services, Nurse Advice/Triage, Psychotropic Pharmaceutical Management and Behavioral Health Integration, a ground-breaking carve-in service to assist health plans in integrating behavioral health management with medical management.
“By applying for and receiving URAC Case Management, Disease Management and Health Utilization Management Accreditation, Health Integrated has demonstrated a commitment to quality health care,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. “Quality health care is crucial to our nation’s welfare and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards and undergo rigorous evaluation by an independent accrediting body.”
URAC’s Case Management Accreditation standards cover staff structure and qualifications, quality improvement, information management, oversight of delegated functions, ethics, complaints, and the case management process.
URAC’s Disease Management Accreditation standards promote evidence-based practice, collaborative relationships with providers, consumer education and shared-decision making with consumers.
The URAC Health Utilization Management standards establish consistency in UM processes and ensure that appropriately trained clinical personnel conduct and oversee the utilization review process, that a reasonable and timely appeals process is in place, and that medical decisions are based on valid clinical criteria.
URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and certification 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.
For more information contact Mike Miniati, Vice President of Marketing at 877-267-7577 or visit www.healthintegrated.com.