Wednesday, February 27, 2019

CEO Jennifer Wester Weighs In on State and Federal Requirements for URAC Accreditation



 Jennifer Wester, CEO and Lead Consultant of ARETE Healthcare Solutions, weighs in on the Federal and State Laws that Reference or Require URAC Accreditation.

While not all states require URAC accreditation, it does appear to be a growing trend as evidenced by the mounting compendium list.

This URAC compendium lists the federal and state laws/regulations that reference or require the use of certification/accreditation.

Because of this monumental trend, Arete wants you to be ahead of the curve to attain URAC Accreditation.

It may be to comply with a statute or regulation. Or, it might be your desire to demonstrate a level of excellence and a commitment to quality that will set you apart from the competition.

Do you need a consultant?
Good question! Every organization has a unique set of circumstances and varied resources.

ΓΌ Take the Consultant Readiness Quiz:

Ask yourself:

1) Do we have a team dedicated to the URAC accreditation process? The accreditation process can be very involved and require:

·         Work plan development
·         Scheduling meetings
·         Oversight of document and program development
·         Ensure the requisite structures are in place to support the program
·         Application submission (Desk Top Review Materials)
·         Validation review preparation (Onsite or Virtual Review to ensure operations align with the P&P's and documentation submitted for the Desk Top Review).

Arete Healthcare Solutions is a one-stop shop to guide you through every step of the accreditation process. Our eagle eyes will ensure no details are glossed over.

2) Do we have staff with the right skill set to develop:

·         P&P's
·         Regulatory compliance
·         Quality oversight
·         Quality committee

Jennifer Wester, CEO and Lead Consultant, has worked as an RN and has first-hand experience working for URAC as Accreditation Reviewers. We have the experience, knowledge and the tools to put you at ease and take the stress out of accreditation. 

3) Do we have a project manager to assure all goals and milestones are met?

We provide one-on-one consultation and will guide your organization through the accreditation process with ease.

We work with your organization to not just meet the standards, but make sure they work for you. Contact Arete Healthcare Solutions today to receive a quote. We look forward to working with you!

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(970) 259-1392

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

URAC Announces Core v3.2 to Replace Rollout of Core v4.0

URAC Announces Core v3.2 to Replace Rollout of Core v4.0

URAC has announced that the ongoing and planned rollout of its Core v4.0 standards have been suspended.

Although organizations looking to be accredited under Case Management v6.0 will be required to meet Core v4.0 standards, all other organizations will instead be expected to meet Core v3.2 standards. These updates to delegation standards will affect new accreditations and reaccreditations as of August 1, 2018.

To facilitate this change, URAC’s full-day onsite training workshop in Washington, D.C. addresses the basic components of the standards, what organizations need to meet the intent, documentation required for the Desktop Review, and more. Click here to sign up for the training.

Can’t make it to D.C.? Let us be your guide.

With over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry and experience as URAC Consultants, we can save your organization tedious time and resources when updating to the new URAC Core standards. For more information, contact us today:

Phone: 970.259.1392

Thursday, September 28, 2017

New URAC CORE v4.0 Updates to Roll Out 2018

Have you heard the news? URAC is rolling out the New CORE v4.0 Standards January 2018!

Beginning in January 2018, URAC will roll out the New CORE v4.0 STANDARDS. The new standards will have a completely different structure and include major revisions.

Major revisions include:   
    • New structure of the CORE standards
    • Risk Management (addresses scope of inclusion / exclusion, BCP testing defined, etc.)
    • Ethics (healthcare and business ethics)
    • Leadership
    • QI projects
    • Delegation (pre-delegation assessment)
    • Health literacy (addition of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to the requirements)
This rollout will affect new accreditations and reaccreditations. Click here to find out when your organization will be affected.

Is your organization ready?

From new standards that anticipate upcoming changes in the healthcare industry to standardized language and a completely new structure to the CORE v4.0 standards, this major change will require updates to your organization’s policies and procedures as well as operations. Read the FAQ here.

Sign up for URAC’s webinar.

On Tuesday, October 10, URAC will present a webinar covering changes to the CORE standards in greater detail. Sign up here. 

Let us be your guide.

With over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry and experience as URAC Consultants, we can save your organization tedious time and resources when updating to the new URAC CORE standards. For more information, contact us today:

Phone: 951.970.2573

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The #1 Barrier Keeping Your Organization from Reaching Accreditation

You’re ready to get URAC Accredited. So why are things moving forward so slowly? Why does it feel as if you’ll never have the documentation together in time?

Does this sound familiar? Sure, accreditation is a daunting task, but sometimes it seems nothing is getting accomplished.

So, what’s the #1 barrier keeping you from working toward that URAC deadline?