Healthcare accreditor URAC said it plans to include elements of HHS Four Cornerstones blueprint for quality improvement, including a measure that would require organizations to move toward the use of electronic health records, electronic prescribing and other information technology. Another proposed standard would require the use of national quality measures to be used as benchmarks for overall quality-improvement projects.
The current standards-revision cycle is focused on two primary and important aspects of the healthcare system, Douglas Metz, chairman of URACs health standards committee, said in a written statement. First, the advancement of standards that support consumer health and welfare, and second, updating standards and the interpretive guide to acknowledge significant changes within the healthcare system.
Other changes include a new standard dealing with consumer healthcare literacy. A public-comment period on the proposed revisions will run until April 14. -- by Matthew DoBias
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