National Medical Reviews, Inc. Receives URAC Independent Review Organization: Comprehensive Review Accreditation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
01/29/2013
Contact: Meredith Merlini
Phone: 215-352-7800 x121
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Southampton, PA – National Medical Reviews, Inc. (NMR) announced today that it has been awarded Independent Review Organization: Comprehensive Review (Internal & External) Accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. URAC’s Comprehensive Independent Review Organization (IRO) Accreditation standards require IROs to establish processes to ensure that organizations that perform IRO services are free from conflicts of interest, establish qualifications for physician reviewers, address medical necessity and experimental treatment issues, and have reasonable time periods for standard and expedited reviews and appeals processes. This accreditation is applicable to both internal review (on behalf of the health benefits plan) and external review (often mandated by state law).

“NMR is honored to be accredited as an Independent Review Organization: Comprehensive Review from URAC,” said Dr. Michael Ziev, Chief Medical Director of NMR. “We are very pleased to be recognized in the industry for providing outstanding services. Such a distinction also underscores the quality of work we provide to our clients by demonstrating compliance with national standards for IRO services.”

NMR provides specialty matched medical review services to the public and private sectors of the Health Care industry. NMR’s services address coverage dispute issues throughout all levels of the appeal process up to, and including, third level external appeals. NMR meets the needs of its clients by utilizing its National Panel of over 500 Peer Reviewers. All Peer Reviewers are licensed and board certified (as applicable), and are fully credentialed according to URAC standards.

“By applying for and receiving URAC Independent Review Organization: Comprehensive Review Accreditation, National Medical Reviews, Inc. has demonstrated a commitment to quality health care,” said URAC Chief Operating Officer William Vandervennet. “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.”

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.

For more information contact Meredith Merlini, VP at 215-352-7800, ext. 121.

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