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New Accreditation Standards for Workers’ Compensation Managed Care

[Posted 10/08/96] According to news service reports, on September 30, 1996, the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) announced new accreditation standards for workers’ compensation managed care programs.

URAC President Garry Carneal is quoted as saying, "These new standards …are tailored to the specialized workers’ compensation industry where managed care efforts are beginning to take hold." Twelve states and Washington, DC., currently require URAC accreditation. Carneal said, "We expect many more states to consider our accreditation program to be a very useful tool for their regulatory efforts in the managed care workers’ compensation arena"

(Editor’s Note: Workers’ Compensation Managed Care is emerging rapidly. Managed care for cost control in workers’ compensation must be different from that in non-–workers’ compensation, because workers’ compensation must consider both health and disability costs. Some non–workers’ compensation managed care tools delay care raising disability costs. wln)