Walgreens granted with URAC accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy

The designation demonstrates the highest level of commitment to quality healthcare

Deerfield, Ill., 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens has earned URAC accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy at select Walgreens community-based specialty pharmacy sites across the United States. URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, certification and measurement. By achieving this status, Walgreens has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes.

“We are honored to have been granted this prestigious and respected accreditation from URAC in communities from Honolulu and Sacramento to Wilmington, Boston, and New York, and other markets in between, covering a majority of the nation,” said Rina Shah, PharmD, vice president of pharmacy operations, Walgreens. “Receiving accreditation from URAC, the independent not-for-profit leader in healthcare quality, is a true symbol of excellence in specialty pharmacy.”

For a list of Walgreens specialty pharmacy locations that have been accredited by URAC for Specialty Pharmacy, please visit www.urac.org.

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

Walgreens community-based specialty sites on hospital campuses and in communities throughout the country are unique to the industry and offer unparalleled access to medications and personalized service.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (walgreens.com), a provider of trusted care in communities since 1901, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,100 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

About URAC
Founded in 1990, URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, certification 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 showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability.

Contact(s):
Scott Goldberg
Walgreens
(847) 315-7649

Source: Walgreens

CVS Pharmacy earns reaccreditation in Community Pharmacy from URAC

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy announced today (August 17, 2017) that it has earned reaccreditation in Community Pharmacy from URAC. URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and measurement. By achieving this status, CVS Pharmacy has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes. All CVS Pharmacy, Longs Drugs and Navarro Discount Pharmacy locations nationwide have earned this accreditation.

URAC has over 30 accreditation programs. Its Community Pharmacy Accreditation Program was developed in 2014 to establish consistent benchmarks and standards for pharmacy practice quality and CVS Pharmacy was the first pharmacy to achieve the accreditation. Organizations that earn URAC’s Community Pharmacy Accreditation are recognized as providers of comprehensive patient care and medication management programs, and as leaders in quality and patient safety.

To achieve this reaccreditation, CVS Pharmacy underwent a rigorous evaluation process to validate the quality of the care and services it provides to its patients, including patient-centered medication management, wellness services, and preventive and chronic disease management.

“We are proud that our pharmacies have received URAC’s reaccreditation in Community Pharmacy,” said Kevin Hourican, Executive Vice President, Retail Pharmacy and Supply Chain, CVS Health. “At CVS Health, we are committed to being a leader in the pharmacy care industry and helping people on their path to better health. Having a respected accreditation organization such as URAC take a close look at the operation of our pharmacies and confirm the quality of the pharmacy care and services we provide demonstrates that we are fulfilling that commitment.”

“CVS Pharmacy has chosen to highlight the quality of its service by applying for and receiving Community Pharmacy Accreditation from URAC again in 2017,” said Kylanne Green, URAC President and CEO. “In a crowded marketplace, CVS Pharmacy can prove its quality in areas such as medication management, customer service, and safety adhere to best practices established for quality and value.”

CVS Pharmacy is the retail division of CVS Health, which is now accredited in six of URAC’s accreditation programs for Pharmacy: Community Pharmacy, Pharmacy Benefit Management, Drug Therapy Management, Specialty Pharmacy, Mail Service Pharmacy and Health Call Center.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

About URAC
Founded in 1990, URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification 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 health care management, health care operations, health plans, pharmacies, telehealth providers, physician practices, and more. URAC accreditation is a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability.

Media Contact:
Amy Lanctot
CVS Pharmacy
401-770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

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

CVS Health announces CVS Caremark URAC accreditations in Health Call Center

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Nov-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (Nov. 2, 2016) that pharmacy benefits manager CVS Caremark has earned URAC accreditations in Health Call Center for its Pharmacy Advisor counseling program as well as in Pharmacy Benefit Management and Drug Therapy Management. By achieving this status, CVS Health has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes. URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and measurement.

“At CVS Health, we are proud to earn accreditations from URAC in these three categories, which emphasize our commitment to providing high quality pharmacy benefit management support including coordinated patient care and outstanding customer service to our millions of members,” said Jonathan Roberts, President of CVS Caremark. “These services are especially important for our members with complex, chronic conditions who may struggle with their medication regimens and disease management.”

CVS Caremark works with employers, health insurance companies, the government and other health benefit program sponsors to design and administer prescription coverage plans. This includes formulary management, discounted drug purchase arrangements and clinical services and drug therapy management. In addition, CVS Caremark’s Pharmacy Advisor program call center offers personalized care to members with chronic conditions through a combination of targeted live outbound calls and inbound call access. Members have the opportunity to have a discussion with a clinical pharmacist about topics that include the rationale behind prescribing the medication and potential issues that may affect adherence, such as side effects.

“URAC accreditation shows that CVS Health is a pharmacy benefit management organization able to adhere to standards that cover important aspects of care such as claims processing, developing proper drug formulary and consumer access,” said URAC President and CEO Kylanne Green. “Quality policies and procedures are paramount as the price and complexity of medications rise. CVS Health chose to demonstrate their performance through URAC’s independent accreditation of their services.”

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. URAC’s Health Call Center Accreditation ensures that registered pharmacists or other validly licensed individuals perform the clinical aspects of health education services in a manner that is timely, confidential, and includes medically appropriate care and treatment advice. In addition, URAC’s Pharmacy Benefit Management Accreditation sets standards for pharmacy distribution channels, customer service and drug use management. The Drug Therapy Management Accreditation standards also assess a range of professional activities, including formulating medication treatment plans, monitoring efficacy and safety of medication therapy and enhancing medication adherence through patient education.

About URAC

Founded in 1990, URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, certification 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 showcase 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 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 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 www.cvshealth.com.

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

SOURCE: CVS Health