As practices become familiar with accreditation standards, most will find that they already meet the majority of them. The challenge lies in documentation, or proof of compliance with the standards. Ensuring that documentation exists for all standards and compiling the materials needed for the survey visit represent the biggest share of effort. In addition, many standards are met by documentation that exists in other departments, such as human resources, finance and business operations. It is very important to obtain executive-level support for the accreditation process and to engage all departments early to ensure they are on board and can complete their portions of the assessment.
The time for accreditation varies depending on the readiness of the practice and the amount of time that can be devoted to prepare the necessary documentation. Per ACHC, practices should expect the accreditation process to be complete within six months.
The cost for accreditation through ACHC is $10,000 and the accreditation term is three years. For a practice that is accredited as a specialty pharmacy with a Specialty Distinction in Oncology (dual certification), the ACHC accreditation fee would be $15,000 for three years. Most practices view this as a reasonable investment in the long term viability of their dispensing program.