UW Health Specialty Pharmacy First Health System to Seek CPPA Accreditation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The University of Wisconsin (UW) Hospital and Clinics has begun the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) accreditation process for its specialty pharmacy, becoming the first health system in the program. 

“We’re very excited that UW Health has decided to pursue the rigorous process of seeking CPPA accreditation for its specialty pharmacy practice,” said CPPA Executive Director Lynnae Mahaney, BSPharm, MBA, FASHP. “CPPA accreditation ensures that specialty pharmacies are providing services to assist patients in achieving positive, cost-effective outcomes from their medications.” 

Specialty medications are often expensive, require special handling procedures, and involve complex treatment regimens that require ongoing clinical monitoring and patient education. CPPA specialty accreditation recognizes exemplary pharmacy practices in this area, fostering medication safety and effectiveness, ensuring continuous quality improvement, and facilitating desired patient health outcomes.

At UW, pharmacists work on multidisciplinary care teams in inpatient and ambulatory care settings and through 14 outpatient pharmacies to provide integrated medication therapy management for patients receiving specialty medications.

“We are honored to be the first health system to undergo Specialty Pharmacy accreditation through CPPA,” said UW Health Director of Pharmacy Steve Rough, MS, RPh, FASHP.  “As care delivery models evolve, this provides further evidence of the value our pharmacists and our services provide in the care of complex patients, and to effective overall healthcare delivery as well.”

CPPA standards and accreditation originate from the pharmacy profession, and the organization defines, focuses on, and provides direction for pharmacy practice.

“One of the unique things about CPPA accreditation is that it is adaptable to different models of care,” Mahaney said. “As medication-use experts, we fully understand and appreciate the distinctive health-system patient care model, which includes the use of electronic health records, decentralized pharmacies within specialty clinics, and outpatient dispensing sites.”

For more information about the CPPA accreditation process, including standards, a self-assessment tool, and application materials, visit www.pharmacypracticeaccredit.org.

About CPPA

The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) is a nonprofit organization established in 2012 through a partnership of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to recognize pharmacy practices for providing patient care services that improve health outcomes and contribute to lower health care costs. The CPPA mission, unique among accreditors, is to raise the level of pharmacy-delivered patient care services through accreditation and, thus, serve the public health. These three organizations saw a need to establish standards to meet the public’s need for specific, predictable, and measurable pharmacist clinical services across the medication use continuum.

About UW Health

UW Health is the integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with 1400 physicians and 16,500 staff at six hospitals and 80 outpatient sites.  It is governed by the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority and partners with UW School of Medicine and Public Health to fulfill patient care, research, education and community-service missions.

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