EPIC Hearing Healthcare (EPIC), Pomona, Calif, announced that its hearing health plan has been awarded the Health Network Accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry. According to URAC, its Health Network Accreditation standards include key quality benchmarks for network management, provider credentialing, quality management and improvement, and consumer protection.

URAC’s standards require health networks to establish self-monitoring practices, emphasizing quality assurance and improvement.

“More than one fourth of today’s employees report an untreated hearing problem that is hurting their performance on the job, yet hearing healthcare is still not well understood, and hearing insurance not offered as commonly as other supplemental benefits,” said Brad Volkmer, president and CEO, EPIC Hearing Healthcare. “We hope that our accreditation by URAC raises the profile of hearing insurance and serves as a reinforcement of the high standards that EPIC has always held in the structure and delivery of our hearing insurance products.”

Founded in 1997, EPIC provides access to hearing care as an ancillary or specialty benefit. EPIC reports that it has an extensive network of audiologists and hearing healthcare physicians, and distribution relationships with major hearing aid technology manufacturers, and is the only organization to offer hearing as a fully insured indemnity plan.

“By choosing to seek URAC Health Network Accreditation, EPIC Hearing Healthcare has displayed leadership through a commitment to quality and accountability,” said Kylanne Green, president and CEO at URAC. “Quality healthcare is crucial to our nation’s welfare and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards.”

Source: EPIC Hearing Healthcare