AbleTo Receives URAC Telehealth Accreditation
URAC, a national 3rd-party non-profit healthcare accreditation organization, recently launched a telehealth accreditation program. The organization currently provides accreditation in 24 different areas, and companies that have applied for and received accreditation range from healthcare startups to established giants like BlueCross and CVS Pharmacy. The full list of URAC-accredited companies can be found here. The organization announced in December of 2017 that telehealth company Avizia had become the first telehealth company to receive the newly established accreditation.
Mental telehealth company AbleTo announced Tuesday that they had joined their ranks, becoming the second telehealth company to receive URAC accreditation. AbleTo CEO Rob Rebak said that receiving the accreditation was part of the company’s long-term goals. AbleTo also stated that the process of applying for the accreditation helped the company evaluate their own practices using external criteria.
URAC’s Telehealth Accreditation is the first independent, third-party national program to offer comprehensive oversight of diverse telehealth programs. It is designed for organizations providing healthcare-related services, education, and information delivered via telecommunications technology, such as videoconferencing, remote monitoring, electronic consults, and wireless communications…
The bar to accreditation is high by design, but that’s viewed as a positive in many ways, AbleTo and others have told The URAC Report. For example, pulling together the personnel and resources required to achieve accreditation can also double as a gap analysis. Companies often use issues identified during the process to support their operations.
AbleTo provides virtual coaching based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to patients and caregivers experiencing depression or anxiety related to illness or certain life events. The service is offered as a covered health benefit by several major insurers.