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URAC Seeks Public Comment on Standards for New Pharmacy Accreditation Programs
Date:1/24/2008

New pharmacy accreditation standards for Specialty Pharmacy, Workers Compensation and Mail Service Pharmacy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- URAC called for public comment today on three new pharmacy accreditation programs. The programs are Specialty Pharmacy, Mail Service Pharmacy and Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) for Workers Compensation and Property and Casualty. The new programs closely follow URAC's groundbreaking Pharmacy Benefit Management Accreditation standards released in July 2007, the only third-party, voluntary accreditation program for the pharmacy benefit management industry. URAC is seeking comments from a broad range of stakeholders, including employers, consumers, purchasers, providers, regulators, and the pharmacy benefits management industry. The deadline for public comment is March 6, 2008.

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The standards were developed by URAC's Pharmacy Benefits Management Advisory Committee, which includes a wide range of stakeholders: employers, consumers, pharmacy consultants, health plans, independent retail pharmacy, pharmacy benefits management organizations, pharmacy professional organizations, labor, and large public purchasing groups.

"These accreditation programs build on the success of URAC's initial Pharmacy Benefit Management program, bringing an emphasis on continuous quality improvement and on consumer education and empowerment to the industry," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC's president and chief executive officer. "We welcome and invite broad input from consumers, purchasers, providers, regulators, and the industry on the draft standards."

The Specialty Pharmacy and Mail Service Pharmacy accreditations are for organizations involved in the hands-on delivery of these pharmacy services. Specialty pharmacy organizations offer a high touch,
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