URAC Announces Changes to Board of Directors and New Corporate Member Organizations

Friday, May 14, 2010 Press Release J E 4
Marianne Fazen, Ph.D. Named Board Chair

WASHINGTON, May 13 URAC, the nation's leading health care accreditation organization, today announced changes to its Board made during its Board of Directors meeting on April 29, 2010. Terms began on May 1, 2010. The URAC Board of Directors is established with representatives from all affected constituencies - consumers, providers, employers, health plans, care management organizations, regulators and industry experts. These groups provide broad representation and ensure an independent, balanced organization.


Marianne Fazen, Ph.D. has been named Chair of its Board of Directors. Dr. Fazen has been on the URAC Board of Directors for six years. As the Executive Director of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Business Group on Health, Dr. Fazen has long been dedicated to a market-based, accountable health care system that delivers high quality, cost-effective health care. Representing the National Business Coalition on Health, Dr. Fazen replaces Bernard J. Mansheim, M.D., who will stay on the URAC Board as Immediate Past Chair.

New appointments to the leadership of the URAC Board of Directors for 2010 include:

New members added to the Board of Directors include:

Two new Corporate Member Organizations were approved:

Finally, Board Members who will continue to serve include:

"We thank all of our Board Members for their dedication to URAC's mission and vision," said Alan Spielman, URAC President & CEO. "With the changes facing health care in the wake of the new reform legislation, the coming year will see great challenges and opportunities for URAC and I am honored to have this distinguished group working to guide us."

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate 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 establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit

-- Vice Chair - John D. Jones, RPh, JD, Vice President, Government and Pharmacy Policy, Prescription Solutions (Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Representative) -- Immediate Past Chair - Bernard J. Mansheim, M.D. (Member-At-Large) -- Treasurer - Kathryn Creech, Vice President Health Services Organization, Humana Inc. (Member-At-Large) -- Secretary - Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, Executive Director, Case Management Society of America (CMSA Representative)



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