CPPA Specialty Pharmacy Practice Accreditation Recognized by Express Scripts

Recognition of the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) continues to increase as CPPA’s accreditation activities expand. Express Scripts recently completed review of the CPPA specialty standards and will accept CPPA Specialty Pharmacy Practice Accreditation as part of their enhanced Specialty Credentialing process. Pharmacy benefit managers and health plans such as Express Scripts, Prime Therapeutics, Centene-Sunflower Health Plan, MedImpact and US Script now recognize CPPA’s accredited pharmacy practices for many of their network qualifications. CPPA accreditation of community, specialty and telehealth pharmacy practices is based upon practice standards that recognize quality, safety and efficiency in the provision of patient care. 

CPPA accreditation has become an important differentiator for pharmacy practices to demonstrate high standards in the provision of quality patient care and meaningful patient care outcomes. This has become vitally important for specialty pharmacies as they seek inclusion in payer specialty pharmacy networks. 

“We are extremely pleased to gain recognition of CPPA specialty accreditation by Express Scripts and other payers. The health care industry is moving toward team-delivered, value-based care and away from fee-for-service payment models. As these systems evolve, CPPA expects to play an even larger role in recognizing exemplary pharmacy practices committed to the provision of quality and outcomes-oriented patient care, according to Thomas E. Menighan BSPharm, MBA, ScD (Hon), FAPhA , CPPA Chairman and APhA CEO. Pharmacists’ contributions to improving medication therapy outcomes are gaining increased support as the health care system re-engineers and requires all providers to meet quality measures in various value-based programs, including the CMS Quality Payment Program and CMS Star Ratings Program.” 

With the growing emphasis from payers on quality of care, CPPA is perfectly positioned as the organization whose standards recognize pharmacy practices for providing exemplary patient care services that improve health outcomes and quality of care. 

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 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), to recognize pharmacy practices for providing patient care services that improve health outcomes and contribute to lower healthcare 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. For information contact CPPA at info@pharmacypracticeaccredit.org.