What more can a specialty pharmacy do to compete effectively, while strengthening support among payers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs)? For Clearview Cancer Institute, the answer was obtaining accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC).
“We looked at the payer landscape ahead and determined that becoming accredited would help us remain a strong choice for payers and pharmacy benefits managers,” said Todd Murphree, Pharm.D., Ambulatory Pharmacy Manager. The progressive strategy perfectly fit the practice’s vision, as northern Alabama’s leading cancer treatment facility.
The ACHC sets accreditation standards that reflect a specialty pharmacy’s commitment to high performance and patient care. Specialty pharmacies earn the distinction—considered to be the gold standard by payers and PBMs alike—by demonstrating best practices regarding organizational structure, policies and procedures and compliance with federal and state laws. ACHC surveyors visit the practice onsite every three years to review these best practices and maintain accreditation.
Clearview partnered with ACHC to gain accreditation on two levels: specialty pharmacy in general and oncology in particular. “Our goal was to package the two together and create new best practices that would be an industry model for other oncology specialists,” Murphree said.