SOURCE: Mitchell International

Mitchell International

August 06, 2012 08:00 ET

Mitchell Reaccredited by URAC for Workers' Compensation Utilization Management Program

URAC Accreditation Since 2009 Validates Mitchell's Commitment to Healthcare Quality and Accountability

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 6, 2012) -  Mitchell International, Inc. ("Mitchell"), a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty claims and Collision Repair industries, announced today that its workers' compensation utilization management program has again been awarded full Workers' Compensation Utilization Management (WCUM) accreditation by URAC, a health care accrediting organization based in Washington, D.C., that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.

"Mitchell is proud to have again received URAC accreditation for our workers' compensation utilization management program, a process requiring rigorous review of our business operations that reflects on our commitment to medical claims processing best practices," said Nina Smith-Garmon, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Mitchell Workers' Compensation Solutions Division.

She added, "We share URAC's mission to promote continuous improvement in the quality and efficiency of health care management and are pleased that Mitchell once again attained this important stamp of national standards approval. URAC accreditation is a symbol of organizational excellence that demonstrates our interest in meeting the demands of a rapidly changing health care system for the benefit of all stakeholders."

Mitchell's workers' compensation utilization management program empowers insurance claims payers with the ability to reduce unauthorized treatment losses, improve efficiency, accelerate treatment decisions, and optimize investment in utilization review technology.

URAC's Workers' Compensation Utilization Management standards address the unique characteristics of workers' compensation utilization management and are designed to ensure quality oversight for this fast growing area of managed care. The URAC Workers' Compensation Utilization Management standards establish consistency in WCUM processes by, among other things, requiring that appropriately trained clinical personnel conduct and oversee the utilization review process, that a reasonable and timely appeals process is in place, and that medical decisions are based on valid clinical criteria.

"By applying for and receiving Workers' Compensation Utilization Management accreditation, Mitchell has demonstrated a commitment to quality health care," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC President and CEO. He added, "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."

About URAC
URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and certification 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 strives to ensure that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit www.urac.org.

About Mitchell
Mitchell empowers clients to achieve measurably better outcomes. Providing unparalleled breadth of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty claims and Collision Repair industries, Mitchell is uniquely able to simplify and accelerate the claims management and collision repair processes. 

As a leading provider of Property & Casualty claims technology solutions, Mitchell processes over 50 million transactions annually for over 300 insurance companies/claims payers and over 30,000 collision repair facilities throughout North America. Founded in 1946, Mitchell is headquartered in San Diego, California, and has 1,700 employees. The company is privately owned primarily by the Aurora Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based investment group. For more information about Mitchell, visit www.mitchell.com.

About Mitchell Workers' Compensation Solutions Division
Mitchell Workers' Compensation Solutions (WCS), a division of Mitchell, is a leading provider of workers' compensation cost containment technologies and solutions. Insurance payers and other clients rely on Mitchell's medical bill review solution, the SmartAdvisor™ Software Suite, to improve their medical cost savings results. For more information, please visit www.mitchell.com/workerscomp.

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