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February 18, 2014

Health First Network, Inc. announced today that it is applying for Network/Credentialing Program Accreditation from URAC; a Washington, D.C. based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. By becoming URAC Accredited, this ensures that HFNI has systems, committees, policies, and procedures in place that assures providers, facilities, contractors, and the like that HFNI is a quality, focused Network with the consumer (patient) safety in mind.

Providers of the Network stand apart from other Networks due to their diligence in pursuing URAC accreditation.

Accreditation is an evaluative, rigorous, transparent, and comprehensive process in which a health care organization undergoes an examination of its system, processes, and performances by an impartial external organization (accrediting body) to ensure that it is conducting business in a manner that meets predetermined criteria and is consistent with national standards.

“By choosing to seek URAC Network/Credentialing Program Accreditation, Health First Network, Inc. has displayed leadership through a commitment to quality and accountability,” said William Vandervennet, URAC Chief Operating Officer.

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, promotes 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 provides 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

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