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URAC Seeks Public Comments on Revised Specialty Pharmacy and Mail Service Pharmacy Accreditation Standards and Measures
Date:8/6/2014

(PRWEB) August 06, 2014

URAC, a leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, education, and measurement programs, announces a call for public comment on revisions to its Specialty Pharmacy and Mail Service Pharmacy Accreditation Standards and Measures. For this revision, URAC seeks to update its programs’ standards and measures with current practices, ensure that the key functions covered by the accreditation remain comprehensive, and address important quality and safety trends. URAC welcomes purchasers, policy makers, consumers, healthcare management organizations, pharmacy organizations, and health plans to review the revised standards and new performance measures and provide feedback now through September 5, 2014.

The standards and measures have been reviewed and revised by an advisory group comprised of participants from industry sectors including chain and independent pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, health plans, consumers, pharmacy associations, and other health professionals.

“Many believe that URAC governance and support staff are the only contributing bodies responsible for the creation and editing of accreditation standards. In actuality, guideline development and revisions are a culmination of valuable feedback, suggestions, and advice from practicing clinical professionals,” said Jonathan Van Lare PharmD., RPh., CSP, clinical services director at Pharmacy Advantage and member of the advisory group. “This open forum approach allows pharmacists, nurses, technicians, and those on the frontlines of patient care to not only express their honest opinions, but also affect the national level of quality and safety protocols.”

The advisory group is chaired by Kim Caldwell, RPh, director of pharmacy professional a
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