Although the project began with health plans in mind, members of a healthcare industry committee decided that the set of management standards they had drawn up to promote patient safety could be useful to a number of healthcare organizations.
"I think (the standards) potentially could have very widespread applications," said Annette Watson, vice president of URAC, a not-for-profit accreditation agency based in Washington. Watson was the point person for URAC on the 15-member industry advisory committee, which began work on the three-page list of standards last year.
The standards, 10 points in four categories, also could be useful to physician leaders organizing or evaluating patient safety programs at hospitals, larger medical groups, home health agencies and disease management programs.
URAC is seeking comments on the draft standards before reconvening the committee to decide what comes next. For now, agency does not plan to add the list to its existing accreditation standards, Watson said.
Review the standards at www.urac.org.