POMONA, Calif., Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EPIC Hearing Healthcare (EPIC) announced today that its Hearing Health Plan has been awarded the Health Network Accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry. URAC's Health Network Accreditation standards include key quality benchmarks for network management, provider credentialing, quality management and improvement, and consumer protection.
"More than one fourth of today's employees report an untreated hearing problem that is hurting their performance on the job, yet hearing healthcare is still not well understood and hearing insurance not offered as commonly as other supplemental benefits," said Brad Volkmer, President and CEO, EPIC Hearing Healthcare. "We hope that our accreditation by URAC raises the profile of hearing insurance and serves as a reinforcement of the high standards that EPIC has always held in the structure and delivery of our hearing insurance products."
Founded in 1997, EPIC is the first in the country to provide access to hearing care as an ancillary or specialty benefit. With its extensive network of audiologists and hearing healthcare physicians, and distribution relationships with major hearing aid technology manufacturers, EPIC is now the national leader in hearing healthcare, and the only organization to offer hearing as a fully insured indemnity plan.
"By choosing to seek URAC Health Network Accreditation, EPIC Hearing Healthcare has displayed leadership through a commitment to quality and accountability," said Kylanne Green, URAC President and CEO. "Quality healthcare is crucial to our nation's welfare and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards." URAC's standards require health networks to establish self-monitoring practices, emphasizing quality assurance and improvement.
URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is a well-known leader in promoting healthcare quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that model the rapid changes in the healthcare 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 healthcare industry. For more information, visit www.urac.org.
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