Specialty pharmacies positioned to play valuable role in growing accountable
health care marketplace
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2012
URAC's Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation program recognizes organizations that
meet highest quality management, consumer protection and empowerment and
patient safety standards
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 100 new CMS
Shared Savings accountable care organizations have come online in 2012,
joining at least that many ACOs in the private sector in a test of whether a
focus on the health of a defined population can improve health outcomes and
lower health care costs. As ACO providers search for partners to achieve
better population health, specialty pharmacies are positioned to collaborate
and bring targeted expertise in ensuring drug regimens are properly
managed—for better health outcomes and lower costs.
Spending on specialty drugs topped $50 billion in 2010, and is expected to
represent 40 percent of health plan drug spending by 2020. The Center for
Medicare & Medicaid Services defines a specialty drug as one that costs more
than $600 per month. Specialty drugs may also be defined by their narrow use
to treat specific, mainly chronic, and often rare conditions; special handling
required; and the need for patient counseling in their use. With these highly
specialized drugs comes the need for a more specialized pharmacy to manage the
demanding clinical and patient safety aspects required for their safe and
"Specialty drugs are a rapidly growing area of health care, and will continue
to grow with increasing attention to patient management in transitions between
care settings and the emphasis on lower costs through higher quality," said
Janice Anderson, RPh, director of pharmacy programs of URAC. "ACOs are
envisioned to create a medical neighborhood in which high-quality providers
collaborate to improve the health of a population. URAC's Specialty Pharmacy
Accreditation offers assurance that organizations meet the highest standards
in the industry for quality management, patient safety, and prescriber and
Specialty pharmacies with URAC accreditation or that are in-process include:
oAccredo Health Group, Inc.
oAcro Pharmaceutical Services
oApothecary Shop of Deer Valley, Inc. and Greater Sacramento Pharmacy, Inc.
oAxium Healthcare Pharmacy, Inc
oBioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Services, Inc.
oBlount Discount Pharmacy
oBluegrass Pharmacy of Lexington, LLC
oBrame Huie Pharmacy
oBurman's Specialty Pharmacy, LLC
oCaremark Rx, LLC
oCareMed Pharmaceutical Services
oCentric Health Resources
oCystic Fibrosis Services
oDDP Pharmacy, Inc.
oDiplomat Pharmacy, Inc.
oFairview Pharmacy Services
oFast Access Specialty Therapeutics
oFresenius Medical Care Rx LLC
oHPC NC Inc
oJosefs Pharmacy LLC
oJVJ Pharmacists, Inc. dba University Chemists
oKaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
oKCC, Inc. dba Vital Care Rx
oKerr Health LLC
oKings Pharmacy LLC
oLivingston Infusion Care, Inc., dba Discover Rx Infusion & Specialty
oLongs Drugs of Lexington, SC Inc.
oMain Street Pharmacy
oMast Drug Company, Inc.
oMedCart Specialty Pharmacy
oMEDIC SPECIALTY PHARMACY
oMedicine Shoppe Pharmacy
oMedPro Rx Inc.
oNovant Specialty Pharmacy
oOncologyRx Care Advantage
oOrchard Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
oPharmaceutical Specialties, Inc.
oPiedmont Hematology and Oncology Associates
oPortland Professional Pharmacy Associates dba Ascend SpecialtyRx
oPremier Kids Care, Inc.
oPrime Aid Pharmacy, Inc
oReeves-Sain Drug Store, Inc., dba EntrustRx
oTyro Family Pharmacy
oUNC Health Care System
oUS Bioservices - An Amerisource Bergen Specialty Company
oValue Specialty Pharmacy
oVanderbilt Outpatient Pharmacy
oVillage Fertility Pharmacy
oWalgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC
oWal-Mart Specialty Pharmacy
URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, promotes health care quality
through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a
wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with
the rapid changes in the health care system and provides a symbol of
excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and
accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive
standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are
represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health
care industry. For more information, visit www.urac.org.
 URAC white paper, "The Patient-Centered Outgrowth of Specialty Pharmacy."
Contact: Jessica Lutz, +1-202-326-3967 or email@example.com
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