CPPA Awards Community Pharmacy Accreditation to USF Health Pharmacy Plus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA), a partnership of pharmacy-based organizations, announced today that it has awarded community pharmacy practice accreditation to USF Health Pharmacy Plus.

Community pharmacy accreditation by CPPA signifies to patients, payers and providers that the pharmacy is recognized for an advanced level of patient care services, quality, and safety.

CPPA’s mission, which is unique among accreditors, is to serve the public health by raising the level of pharmacy‐delivered patient care services through accreditation. CPPA provides a standardized method for recognizing exceptional pharmacy practices that promote practice innovation and empower pharmacists to practice at a higher level. CPPA recognizes pharmacy practices that are committed to fostering medication safety and effectiveness, ensuring continuous quality improvement, and facilitating desired patient health outcomes.

 US Health Pharmacy Plus seeks to change the way patients tap into the expertise of their pharmacists to better manage their health. A system of integrated electronic medical records provides seamless care with other health providers and services, including personalized pharmacogenomics counseling and telehealth through a range of mobile health devices. Pharmacy Plus serves as the pharmacy of the future which is intended to go well beyond simply filling prescriptions by offering advanced support to patients.

Pharmacists are critical to improving medication use and advancing patient care throughout all practice settings as their role within the health care system continues to evolve. “Ensuring that community pharmacies provide services that help patients achieve desired, cost-effective outcomes is a key component of CPPA’s community pharmacy practice accreditation,” said CPPA Chairman and APhA Executive Vice President and CEO Thomas E. Menighan. “CPPA’s accreditation of USF Health Pharmacy Plus provides an important recognition that its pharmacy services support these goals.”

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 ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) 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 USF Health Pharmacy Plus

USF Health Pharmacy Plus™ is an enterprise for change in the way we understand health and how it transforms our quality of life. Our mission is to envision and implement the future of health. We are committed to improving the full spectrum of health, from the environment, to the community, to the individual. Together through talent and innovation, USF Health is integrating research, education and health care to reach our shared value - making life better.

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