CVS Health: Accordant receives NCQA Patient and Practitioner Oriented Disease Management Accreditation for 18 conditions

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Accordant, a CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) company and an integral part of CVS Specialty, announced today (August 23, 2017) that it has received NCQA Patient and Practitioner Oriented Disease Management (DM) Accreditation for a number of its programs that provide services to patients with rare chronic diseases and other select conditions on behalf of health plans, government sponsored plans, labor groups, employers and third party administrators. The following programs are covered by this new accreditation: Epilepsy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Parkinson’s Disease, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE or Lupus), Myasthenia Gravis, Sickle Cell Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Hemophilia, Scleroderma, Polymyositis, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Dermatomyositis, Gaucher Disease and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

“We are pleased to receive this important accreditation from NCQA, which further validates our approach to providing high-quality and comprehensive disease management care and support for our patients with these rare, chronic conditions,” said Alan Lotvin, M.D., executive vice president of CVS Specialty, the specialty pharmacy of CVS Health. “For more than 20 years, Accordant has been providing highly specialized care to patients to help them better manage their condition, improve health outcomes and help avoid unnecessary medical costs for both patients and payors.”

Earning NCQA DM Accreditation is an indication that a DM program is dedicated to providing patients and/or practitioners the support, education and other help necessary to facilitate good outcomes and good care. The standards are intended to help organizations achieve the highest level of performance possible, increase adherence to care guidelines and create an environment of continuous improvement.

“Our Accordant nurses are specially trained to provide disease-specific support to help prevent complications, improve our patients’ total health and enhance quality of life,” added Trip Hofer, president of Accordant. “In addition, Accordant’s unique, proactive disease management approach helps anticipate shifts in patient needs as their condition progresses over time, which is integral in ensuring each patient receives the most clinically appropriate care and support along their health care journey.”

Accordant has maintained NCQA DM accreditations since 2003 and was also awarded accreditation in Case Management (CM) in 2016. Accordant’s comprehensive programs are backed by the latest in evidence-based medicine and clinical guidelines and are designed to help support patients to better manage their serious health conditions. All of Accordant’s DM programs are led by highly trained and specialized nurses who provide comprehensive patient education, medication and symptom management as well as help coordinate and connect patients’ care with their other health care providers to help ensure that patients are receiving the most clinically appropriate care.

Specialty pharmacy is one of the fastest growing health care segments in the U.S., and Accordant is an integral part of CVS Specialty. As the largest specialty pharmacy, CVS Specialty provides advanced clinical services for eligible patients who require treatment for rare or complex conditions. This includes drug therapy management, dispensing and infusion services, in addition to customized support and counseling to help ensure appropriate and safe medication use and achieve positive health outcomes. Eligible patients receive ongoing disease education, counseling and benefits verification, as well as coordination of care with multiple health care providers, comprehensive patient education and adherence management.

“NCQA’s Disease Management Accreditation program is thorough and rigorous. It’s designed to highlight only those programs that truly improve chronic care,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.

NCQA Accreditation standards are developed with input from researchers in the field, the Disease Management Advisory Council (DMAC) and standing committees, employers, both purchasers and operators of disease management programs, state and federal regulators and other experts. NCQA Accreditation standards are purposely set high to encourage organizations to continuously enhance their quality. Accordant’s DM accreditation is based on the following categories of standards: Evidence-Based Program; Patient Service; Practitioner Service; Care Coordination; Measurement and Quality Improvement; and Program Operations.

About NCQA
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Web site (www.ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed healthcare choices.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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Christina Beckerman
CVS Health
(401)770-8868
christina.beckerman@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health Advanced Care Scripts earns accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy from URAC

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (April 4, 2017) that Advanced Care Scripts (ACS) has earned accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy from URAC, the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, certification and measurement. By achieving this status, ACS has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes.

“We are pleased to receive this accreditation from URAC, which underscores our commitment to providing high-quality care to our patients,” said Alan Lotvin, M.D. Executive Vice President of CVS Specialty. “Through our programs and services at ACS, we provide comprehensive, patient-centered care and treatment support for patients taking specialty medications to help improve patient outcomes.”

ACS manages and dispenses specialty medications to patients with complex chronic conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, hemophilia and cancer. The comprehensive patient care model of ACS provides compliance and adherence support and cost-effective solutions for all classes of specialty medications.

“It’s necessary for specialty pharmacies to provide a higher level of treatment for patients so desired outcomes are achieved. ACS shows a dedication to patient education and safety through the recognition of quality it received with URAC’s independent accreditation,” said URAC President and CEO Kylanne Green. “With URAC accreditation, people know that ACS strives to adhere to industry best practices.”

The URAC accreditation process demonstrates a commitment to quality services and serves as a framework to improve business processes through benchmarking organizations against nationally recognized standards. In addition, a URAC-accredited specialty pharmacy has policies in place to ensure consumers have access to appropriate medications; maintains methods to measure customer satisfaction; and has a patient-centered strategy for its patient management program that includes coordination of care, communication and education, patient rights and responsibilities, among other factors.

About URAC
Founded in 1990, URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, certification, education, and measurement. URAC is a nonprofit organization developing evidence-based measures and standards through inclusive engagement with a range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of healthcare. Our portfolio of accreditation and certification programs span the healthcare industry, addressing healthcare management, healthcare operations, health plans, pharmacies, telehealth providers, physician practices, and more. URAC accreditation is a symbol of excellence for organizations to show-case their validated commitment to quality and accountability.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Christina Beckerman
CVS Health
(401) 770 8868
Christina.Beckerman@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health