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CareWorks receives URAC case management re-accreditation

March 18, 2008

CareWorks announced today that it has been awarded Case Management Re-Accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.

URAC’s Case Management Accreditation standards require companies to establish a process to assess, plan and implement case management interventions.

“CareWorks is honored to receive Case Management Re-Accreditation from URAC,” said Richard J. Poach, president and Chief Operating Officer of CareWorks. “We are very pleased to be recognized in the industry for providing outstanding services. Such a distinction also underscores the quality of our work with customers, patients, clients, payors and providers by demonstrating compliance with national standards for case management services.”

The URAC Accreditation Committee met and reviewed CareWorks’ application for re-accreditation and granted Full Accreditation pursuant to Case Management, Version 3.1.

“By applying for and receiving URAC Case Management Re-Accreditation, CareWorks has demonstrated a commitment to quality health care,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. “Quality health care is crucial to our nation’s welfare and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards and undergo rigorous evaluation by an independent accrediting body.”

URAC’s Case Management Accreditation standards address approaches to ensuring appropriate patient protections have been established, such as policies for confidentiality of patient information, informed consent, dispute resolution and other issues. The standards cover staff structure and qualifications, quality improvement, information management, oversight of delegated functions, ethics, complaints and the case management process.

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is a leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation and certification programs. URAC's standards keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system and provide a mark of distinction for health care organizations to demonstrate their commitment to quality and accountability.

Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in setting meaningful standards for the health care industry.

For more information, visit www.urac.org or:

For more information please contact:
John Brinkman
CareWorks
Vice President of Corporate Communications
john.brinkman@careworks.com
Office: (614) 760-3506
Fax: (614) 760-3595

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