Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Is URAC Accreditation Right for You?

As your organization gears up to get accredited, or approaches re-accreditation, you may be wondering if URAC accreditation will be worth the effort and resources. As an independent specialist with years of experience helping healthcare organizations become accredited, I'll walk you through the pros and cons of earning that golden seal.

Does your organization have the highest quality standards?
Do you know where there might be gaps in the quality and security of the services you provide? As a wise man once said, you don't know what you don't know. Through the review process, an experienced consultant can help you identify where there might be gaps before those gaps affect your organization.

URAC's standards are also designed to improve processes, ensure compliance, and increase quality of care. According to URAC's welcome message to applicants, "All companies that apply for URAC accreditation make improvements to their operations as a result of the review process." If you strive to walk the walk when it comes to being the best organization you can be, URAC could be for you.

Do you want to compete in today's marketplace?
How will you respond to an employer's question: "Are you accredited?"

URAC Accreditation is the gold seal of approval in the international marketplace. It says to prospective clients, "We know what we're doing."

Of course, if you are dedicated to quality care and already have a strong, dedicated client base, accreditation may be superfluous--especially if you have no plans for growth. But if you want to see a spike in new business, it's imperative to have that stamp of approval.

Are you complying with state and federal regulations?
This is especially important for organizations that work across multiple states. Different state regulations can be difficult to keep straight. By following all of URAC's standards, they ensure your company won't get slapped with a fine.

Is the cost worth it?
That's something that your organization will have to decide for itself. URAC Accreditation can be costly, but in my experience at Arete Healthcare Solutions in helping organizations get accredited, the benefits to an organization outweigh the cost. The businesses I've helped have seen improvement in the quality of their services, a clarity in day-to-day operations, and a boost in new contracts.

Are you ready to get accredited?
Achieving URAC Accreditation is simpler with an experienced consultant who has done this before. At Arete Healthcare Solutions, we work with you to streamline the accreditation process and prepare your staff for what accreditors will be looking for.

To learn more about how you can make your accreditation process simpler with Arete, visit our website.

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