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26May/110

Successful Strategy in Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation: Vital Care of Meridian

Vital Care Rx announced today that it is applying for Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation, Version 2.0 from URAC, a Washington, DC-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. URAC offers the only third-party, voluntary accreditation program of this scope for pharmacy benefit management and prescription services industry. All standards were developed by URAC’s Pharmacy Advisory Committee, which includes a wide range of stakeholders: employers, consumers, pharmacy consultants, health plans, retail pharmacy, pharmacy benefit management organizations, pharmacy professional organizations; labor, and large public purchasing groups. “Our team at Vital Care Rx has a long history of providing excellent service and high quality patient care. We are pleased to be pursuing the URAC Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation as demonstration of our commitment to the needs of our patients and clients,” said Logan Davis, Director of Clinical Services at Vital Care Rx. Vital Care Rx is an independently owned pharmacy based in Meridian, Mississippi. In business for over 25 years, Vital Care Rx is an innovator in high touch patient care and serves patients throughout the country. As a pharmacy providing specialty medications, the team at Vital Care Rx provides sophisticated compliance and adherence services to its patients and customized solutions to its industry partners. Its mission is, “We are a company dedicated to patient care. We believe achieving the best outcomes for our patients comes from a foundation of trust, communication and a commitment to delivering high-touch quality care. We measure our success by the outcomes of our patients, the satisfaction of our partners and the effectiveness of our relationships with providers.” “By choosing to seek URAC Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation, Version 2.0, Vital Care Rx has displayed leadership through a commitment to quality and accountability,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. URAC’s Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation ensures that organizations meeting the rigors of accreditation uphold the highest standards in the industry. Accreditation reinforces best clinical and organizational practices for ensuring appropriate and safe medication use and optimal patient outcomes. Evidence for therapy counseling, disease education, care coordination, comprehensive patient education, and adherence management are critical for assuring successful medication patient management and safety — all standards evaluated under URAC’s Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation. It allows organizations to demonstrate their commitment to purchasers of services to the highest standards for quality management, patient safety and monitoring, and prescriber and consumer communications. Those organizations achieving accreditation distinguish themselves by demonstrating their commitment to quality, transparency, and efficiency—strengths viewed by many with a critical eye in today’s health care environment. Employers, health plans, prescribers, and PBMs ask for accreditation in RFPs as a means to validate an organization’s excellence in quality and patient management. Organizations meeting URAC’s Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation set themselves apart in a highly competitive marketplace as achieving best practices for managing complex medication therapies and patient management, thus assuring appropriate management of costly medication treatments. URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is a leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation and certification programs. URAC's standards keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a mark of distinction for health care organizations to demonstrate 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 setting meaningful standards for the health care industry. For more information, visit www.urac.org. For more information contact Logan Davis, Director of Clinical Services, at 877-229-1724 or visit www.vitalcarerx.com.

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