MOUNT PROSPECT, IL — The CPPA Community Pharmacy Practice Accreditation, administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®), was awarded to The Kroger Co., corporately located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kroger became the first national chain retailer to obtain community pharmacy accreditation from CPPA in 2016 with 15 community-accredited pharmacies. Earlier this year, Kroger implemented the accreditation corporate-wide, to bring their high level of clinical care and patient care services to each community they serve. Kroger selected the following clinical programs for the accreditation: immunization administration, medication therapy management, and health and wellness screenings (including point of care testing).
Community pharmacy accreditation signifies to patients, payers and providers that the pharmacy is recognized for an advanced level of patient care services, quality, and safety. The voluntary accreditation process required Kroger to demonstrate compliance with a comprehensive set of practice standards. During the consultative process, surveyors evaluated the pharmacies on practice management, patient care services, and quality improvement. To streamline the review process and increase efficiency of inspections, NABP coupled the Community Pharmacy accreditation process with Kroger’s durable medical equipment prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) re-accreditation activity. This was possible because the standards for Community and DMEPOS accreditation have similar content, and both require compliance with state and federal regulations. Paired together, these accreditations evaluated Kroger’s ability to demonstrate consistency in delivering optimal patient care.
“Kroger recognizes the practice of pharmacy is evolving to meet the needs of patients and a changing health care system,” said Colleen Lindholz, President, Kroger Health. “Achieving CPPA accreditation reaffirms Kroger is committed to meeting these needs by providing an advanced and consistent level of quality patient care services in its pharmacies.”
Kroger’s enthusiasm for the accreditation and expansion of it is commendable. “NABP congratulates Kroger on achieving Community Pharmacy Practice Accreditation for their entire chain of pharmacies,” says NABP Executive Director/Secretary Carmen A. Catizone, MS, RPh, DPh. “With the addition of this accreditation to their portfolio they further demonstrate their commitment to providing patient care services that improve health outcomes”.
For more information about CPPA Community Pharmacy Practice Accreditation, administered by NABP, please visit www.nabp.pharmacy/programs/Community.
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 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 desire for specific, predictable, and measurable pharmacist clinical services across the medication use continuum. Information about the organization CPPA can be found at www.pharmacypracticeaccredit.org.
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