MOUNT PROSPECT, IL — The CPPA Telehealth Pharmacy Practice Accreditation, administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®), was recently awarded to the Austin, TX and Gainesville, FL locations of SinfoníaRx, a Tabula Rasa HealthCare company that delivers health care technology solutions and provides direct support to health plans, health systems, provider organizations, and pharmacies. Health information technology developed by SinfoníaRx, such as the proprietary RxCompanion™ platform, utilizes pharmacy claims, medical data, and customizable algorithms to identify eligible patients and opportunities for improved care. These opportunities are turned into therapeutic interventions through a combination of personalized telephonic outreach, mailings, and faxes to patients, caregivers, and providers. SinfoníaRx supports five nationwide CPPA-accredited call centers and contracts with a number of top colleges of pharmacy in the nation.
Technology is changing the way health care is delivered, including pharmacy practice. CPPA recognizes the public’s need for specific, predictable, and measurable pharmacists’ clinical services. To meet this need, expert stakeholder feedback was gathered to develop the Telehealth Pharmacy Practice Accreditation program standards. Per the Health Resources and Services Administration, telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health, and health administration. The CPPA telehealth accreditation recognizes exemplary pharmacy practices in this area, fostering medication safety and effectiveness, ensuring continuous quality improvement, and facilitating desired patient health outcomes.
Medicare Part D sponsors must provide medication therapy management (MTM) programs to ensure that medications are used to optimize therapeutic outcomes through improved medication use. “There is increasing emphasis placed on delivery of patient care services, such as MTM and adherence, that help patients achieve desired, cost-effective outcomes. This is the key component of the CPPA Telehealth Pharmacy Practice Accreditation,” said NABP Executive Director/Secretary Carmen A. Catizone, MS, RPh, DPh. “Our accreditation of SinfoníaRx provides an important recognition that its pharmacy services support these goals.”
SinfoníaRx strives to identify and resolve safety concerns, gaps in medication adherence, cost-saving opportunities, dose optimization, and adherence to national consensus treatment guidelines resulting in improved health outcomes. A pioneer in medication management services, SinfoníaRx was the first to receive the CPPA Telehealth Pharmacy Practice Accreditation.
“Patients with chronic illness face a number of challenges managing their medications and overall health,” said SinfoníaRx CEO, Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA. “Receiving this additional accreditation will allow SinfoníaRx to deploy our MTM technology and services to deliver the best possible patient care. We appreciate CPPA’s confidence and support in awarding SinfoníaRx this Telehealth Accreditation.”
For more information about the telehealth accreditation process, including standards, a self-assessment tool, and application materials, visit www.pharmacypracticeaccredit.org.
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 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.
SinfoníaRx, a Tabula Rasa HealthCare Company, is a leading provider of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services. Through a comprehensive suite of innovative health care solutions, SinfoníaRx provides direct support to health plans, health systems, provider organizations, and pharmacies. SinfoníaRx’s staff of nationally renowned clinical pharmacists and interprofessional team work directly with caregivers, patients, and providers to ensure the most effective and safest medication therapy possible. For more information, visit sinfoniarx.com.