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URAC Pharmacy Director Featured in New NASP Continuing Education Program

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

“Accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy – Critical Steps Toward Quality,” TH PDF graphicoriginally a live panel discussion held during the annual meeting of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) in October of 2015, is now available as a downloadable continuing education resource. The panel presentation features URAC Director of Pharmacy Heather Bonome, PharmD on the importance of specialty pharmacy accreditation.

The Center for Specialty Pharmacy Education is offering the recording of the panel – sharing the discussion with a wider audience to further help “present the rationale for accreditation while comparing and contrasting current accrediting bodies and their offerings.”

In the panel discussion, Bonome covers important aspects of URAC Specialty Pharmacy accreditation that make it stand out as the program most sought by eligible organizations seeking recognition of their services quality in the delivery of care.

In particular, she notes how URAC Specialty Pharmacy accreditation requires:

•    Continuous quality improvement throughout the duration of an accreditation;
•    Advocacy for patient access to drugs and their participation in decision-making;
•    Oversight of the safety, appropriateness, and effectiveness of care;
•    Playing the role of a clinical advisor to payers and prescribers;
•    Educating patients, caregivers, and prescribers;
•    Compliance with a wide range of quality standards; and
•    Demonstrating value by measuring patient management outcomes.

During the presentation, Bonome points out that the evolution of industry quality expectations led URAC to add additional accreditation standards to its Specialty Pharmacy program over time – including new standards addressing drug utilization management and the distribution of drugs through a cold chain process.

She also discusses important differentiators of URAC’s accreditation program – specifically around the reporting of outcomes and measures. URAC’s Specialty Pharmacy accreditation, for example, requires organizations to report on specified outcomes to demonstrate the value of their practice. The URAC measures are designed to promote quality improvement, efficiency, and effectiveness in ways that are meaningful to patients, employers, purchasers, and other stakeholders.

Bonome is joined on the NASP panel by Jose Domingos of the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Anna Nowobilski-Vasilios, PharmD, MBA, FASHP of the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation, and Terry Smith Moore, Ph.D., MBA, RPh of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

More information about the presentation and how to receive credit can be found by clicking here.

The continuing education presentation was jointly created by the NASP and ProCE. ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). It is approved for 1.0 credit hours (0.1 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers. To receive credit, individuals must pass an on-line post-presentation test.

URAC is hosting a similar presentation about the importance of specialty pharmacy accreditation and tips about the application and review process at the Asembia Specialty Pharmacy Summit in Las Vegas. To learn more about that May 5 event, which will feature Bonome and URAC pharmacy accreditation reviewer Peter Peter, click here.

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