Validare, Inc. Honored by the National Association of Specialty Health Organizations with Industry Innovation Award

San Ramon, CA, October 24, 2008 --( The National Association of Specialty Health Organizations (NASHO) today announced that Validare, Inc. is the winner of the first annual NASHO Industry Innovation Award for its breakthrough technology, The Validare Gateway™. Validare executives were presented with the award at NASHO’s 6th Annual Leadership Summit in Las Vegas, NV.

Both members and non-members of NASHO were invited to submit applications for the Industry Innovation Award. Applicants were graded in the following areas: descriptive content, goals, program description and results. An independent panel of judges reviewed and graded the applications and selected The Validare Gateway. The judging committee was comprised of Tricia Barrett, vice president, product development, NCQA; Joshua Seidman, PhD, president, Center for Information Therapy and Bruce Sherman, MD, director Health and Productivity Initiatives, Employers Health Coalition of Ohio.

“Validare’s leading edge technology, The Validare Gateway, exemplifies everything that this award represents,” said Julian Roberts, executive director, NASHO. “With an innovative and thoughtful approach to assisting their clients prepare and maintain accreditation as Office-Based Surgery (OBS) providers, Validare is able to help these offices realize and document beneficial outcomes for both the providers and the patients. This network of offices certainly represents OBS provider best practices to health plans.”

The Validare Gateway is an exclusive online ASP application that provides a curriculum for training, online record keeping and data collection for ongoing support of accredited OBS providers. Designed as a tool to assist providers with the OBS accreditation application process, The Validate Gateway is also a comprehensive electronic resource for updating OBS providers on form and policy changes and serves as a repository for required documentation of OBS safety standards and how to implement those standards that lead to best practices in patient care.

The Validare Gateway has helped 200 offices prepare and achieve OBS accreditation. Additionally, 100% of all client offices have passed survey for accreditation. This has resulted in patients being exposed to a standard of care that focuses on patient safety leading to better rates of infection prevention and higher quality practice patterns for outpatient procedures.

“We are honored to be selected as the first recipient of the NASHO Industry Innovation Award,” said Jeff Griffen, chief technology officer, Validare, Inc. “We designed The Validare Gateway to support our RN consultants in educating OBS practices on the proper accreditation process. We are so pleased with how many offices have benefited from our technology and have actually been able to streamline the accreditation process while improving outcomes for patients.”

About NASHO NASHO was launched in January 2003 as a subsidiary association of the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations (AAPPO) ( to advance and evolve specialty healthcare delivery in the United States. Its mission is to enhance and promote the value proposition of specialty health organizations.

About Validare Validare is the industry leader in accreditation consulting for office-based surgery (OBS) providers. With offices in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, Validare provides patient safety advocacy and assistance to physicians and their offices in preparation for and maintaining OBS accreditation. Recognized as a valuable partner to both OBS offices and health plans, Validare’s clients provides health plans with access to qualified OBS providers who provide an alternative to costly outpatient procedures performed in the hospital setting. For more information about Validare, call 888-934-4321.

Kathleen McEntee
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