URAC to Develop Disease Management Standards

Nominations for Advisory Committee Due by May 16



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from URAC

    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- URAC has announced that it will
 develop an accreditation program for disease management and has issued a call
 for nominations to its new Disease Management Advisory Committee.  The
 Advisory Committee will assist URAC in the development of standards for
 disease management, an approach to preventing and managing disease now widely
 used by health plans, medical management specialty companies, employers, and
 others.  Nominations to the Advisory Committee must be received by URAC no
 later than Wednesday, May 16.
     "Disease management is being used to provide more effective and intensive
 care management to patients.  Its roots are in evidence-based medicine and
 outcomes measurement," noted Garry Carneal, URAC president and CEO.  "URAC's
 extensive experience in the accreditation of medical management programs will
 help to ensure that disease management programs are built on solid science and
 function in the best interests of patients."
     The Disease Management Advisory Committee will include about 20 members.
 URAC will use the following criteria in evaluating nominees to the Advisory
 Committee:
 
      *  Expertise.  Does the nominee have the background to speak with
         knowledge and authority about disease management issues?
 
      *  Perspective.  Does the nominee represent a class of individuals or
         organizations that have a stake in disease management issues?
 
      *  Representation.  Can the nominee speak on behalf of a large numbers of
         individuals or companies? (For example, a representative of a consumer
         group or trade association.)
 
     Letters nominating candidates for the Disease Management Advisory
 Committee should address these criteria.  The URAC Disease Management Advisory
 Committee will begin meeting in early summer and will meet periodically until
 the standards are complete (probably in the first half of 2002).  URAC will
 seek additional input into the standards development process through public
 comment on draft standards and testing of the standards.
     "A broad-based committee of experts is the foundation of URAC's standards-
 setting process," explained Guy D'Andrea, URAC senior vice president.  "We
 want to ensure that all stakeholders have a voice in the process."
     Nominations to the Disease Management Advisory Committee should be
 submitted to:
 
     URAC
     Attn: Liza Greenberg, RN, MPH
     Vice President, Research
     1275 K Street, NW, Suite 1100
     Washington, DC 20005
 
     Nominations also may be faxed to 202-216-9006 or e-mailed to
 LGreenberg@urac.org.  All nominations should include a cover letter and a
 resume or C.V. for the nominee.  Questions may be directed to Ms. Greenberg at
 202-962-8805.
     "URAC standards establish operating benchmarks for diverse health care
 delivery organizations," Mr. Carneal added. "We try to achieve a balance of
 accountability and flexibility, to allow for ongoing innovations in health
 care delivery.  The disease management standards will provide a framework that
 purchasers can use to assess the integrity of disease management programs."
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- URAC has announced that it will
 develop an accreditation program for disease management and has issued a call
 for nominations to its new Disease Management Advisory Committee.  The
 Advisory Committee will assist URAC in the development of standards for
 disease management, an approach to preventing and managing disease now widely
 used by health plans, medical management specialty companies, employers, and
 others.  Nominations to the Advisory Committee must be received by URAC no
 later than Wednesday, May 16.
     "Disease management is being used to provide more effective and intensive
 care management to patients.  Its roots are in evidence-based medicine and
 outcomes measurement," noted Garry Carneal, URAC president and CEO.  "URAC's
 extensive experience in the accreditation of medical management programs will
 help to ensure that disease management programs are built on solid science and
 function in the best interests of patients."
     The Disease Management Advisory Committee will include about 20 members.
 URAC will use the following criteria in evaluating nominees to the Advisory
 Committee:
 
      *  Expertise.  Does the nominee have the background to speak with
         knowledge and authority about disease management issues?
 
      *  Perspective.  Does the nominee represent a class of individuals or
         organizations that have a stake in disease management issues?
 
      *  Representation.  Can the nominee speak on behalf of a large numbers of
         individuals or companies? (For example, a representative of a consumer
         group or trade association.)
 
     Letters nominating candidates for the Disease Management Advisory
 Committee should address these criteria.  The URAC Disease Management Advisory
 Committee will begin meeting in early summer and will meet periodically until
 the standards are complete (probably in the first half of 2002).  URAC will
 seek additional input into the standards development process through public
 comment on draft standards and testing of the standards.
     "A broad-based committee of experts is the foundation of URAC's standards-
 setting process," explained Guy D'Andrea, URAC senior vice president.  "We
 want to ensure that all stakeholders have a voice in the process."
     Nominations to the Disease Management Advisory Committee should be
 submitted to:
 
     URAC
     Attn: Liza Greenberg, RN, MPH
     Vice President, Research
     1275 K Street, NW, Suite 1100
     Washington, DC 20005
 
     Nominations also may be faxed to 202-216-9006 or e-mailed to
 LGreenberg@urac.org.  All nominations should include a cover letter and a
 resume or C.V. for the nominee.  Questions may be directed to Ms. Greenberg at
 202-962-8805.
     "URAC standards establish operating benchmarks for diverse health care
 delivery organizations," Mr. Carneal added. "We try to achieve a balance of
 accountability and flexibility, to allow for ongoing innovations in health
 care delivery.  The disease management standards will provide a framework that
 purchasers can use to assess the integrity of disease management programs."
 
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