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URAC assumes that your organization has a comprehensive risk management program, and in this standard, requires that your information systems are a component of that system. Specifically, the IT component must address explicitly data storage, gathering, and transfer.Your organization must conduct risk assessment in these three areas, and that assessment must periodically include "an entity with th...READ FULL POST
Your organization must test its business continuity plan ("BCP") no less frequently than every two years. Notably, the BCP test can be a tabletop exercise, which URAC defines as:test of a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) that includes documentation of the following aspects of the test:A tabletop exercise simulates an incident in an informal, stress-free environment.The participants who are usually t...READ FULL POST
Applicable only to organizations seeking accreditation in one of URAC's pharmacy modules, this standard requires that your business continuity plan describe an emergency management system that addresses how the organization will distribute medications in the event of an emergency. The description must address the organization's facilities, its services, and its products in some detail. As was the...READ FULL POST
Your organization must implement a business continuity plan ("BCP") for its program operations. The BCP must:Clearly identify the systems and processes that are essential to your organization;Outline the effect that the disruption of these systems and processes would have on your organization;Describe your organization's strategy for dealing with such disruptions in various circumstances, such as...READ FULL POST
This standard sets forth what appear to be simple requirements regarding how your organization manages the delegation process. In short, it says that if your organization delegates functions that are within the scope of your URAC accreditation, it retains accountability for compliance with URAC standards regarding those functions and conducts periodic oversight of the performance of the delegated...READ FULL POST
This standard both requires that your organization conduct an annual evaluation of the effectiveness of your QM program and describes the required components of that evaluation, which must be provided to the leadership at least annually. The required components include:Recommendations to leadership on how to improve the QM program;An analysis of the organization's performance as compared to the or...READ FULL POST
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