WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA), a partnership of pharmacy-based organizations, announced today that it has awarded specialty pharmacy practice accreditation to The University of Kansas Health System specialty pharmacy (TUKHS).
“This is a huge accomplishment for the Ambulatory and Regulatory teams at TUKHS,” said TUKHS Director of Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care Services Samaneh T. Wilkinson, MS, PharmD. “CPPA is our second specialty pharmacy accreditation and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. We chose CPPA due to the robust quality improvement and clinical requirements outlined within the standards. This philosophy matches ours in that we’re dedicated to providing high quality care through customized patient care plans.”
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.
At The University of Kansas Health System Specialty Pharmacy, caring is our specialty. We take pride in offering traditional specialty services in conjunction with exceptional clinical practice. Patient care continues to be the focus of our care.
Specialty medications are often resource intensive, require unique handling procedures, and involve complex treatment regimens that require ongoing clinical monitoring and patient education. “Ensuring that specialty pharmacies provide services that help patients achieve desired, cost-effective outcomes is a key component of CPPA’s specialty pharmacy accreditation,” said CPPA Chairman and APhA Executive Vice President and CEO Thomas E. Menighan. “CPPA’s accreditation of The University of Kansas Health System 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.
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.
The University of Kansas Health System Specialty Pharmacy was established in 2012. Since that time, specialty pharmacy services has grown over 60%. Our expert pharmacy team supports over 4,000 patients monthly and focuses on accuracy, clinical appropriateness and potential medication interactions. Clinical pharmacists focus on patient education and access to medications during the ambulatory patient visit. For more information, https://www.kansashealthsystem.com/patient-visitor/pharmacy/specialty-pharmacy.