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Albertsons gains URAC accreditation for Specialty Pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

Albertsons on Thursday announced that it has earned URAC accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy. By achieving this status, Albertsons has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes.

“Receiving full accreditation from URAC for specialty pharmacy demonstrates our resolve to provide high-quality patient care each and every day,” Mark Panzer, Albertsons senior vice president pharmacy, health and wellness, said. “We offer comprehensive education to help patients safely manage complex and chronic conditions. Our commitment to these high standards helps improve patients’ lives and drive positive outcomes.”

“It’s necessary for specialty pharmacies to provide a higher level of treatment for patients so desired outcomes are achieved. Albertsons shows a dedication to patient education and safety through the recognition of quality it received with URAC’s independent accreditation,” Kylanne Green, URAC president and CEO, said. “With URAC accreditation, people know that Albertsons Companies strives to adhere to industry best practices.”

Albertsons operates more than 1,700 in-store pharmacies, serving approximately 5.5 million patients across the 35 states and the District of Columbia. Albertsons Specialty Care provides a multitude of services including prior authorization assistance, patient assistant program coordination, comprehensive care plans and medication adherence support.

Should Albertsons’ recently announced merger agreement with Rite Aid prove successful, the integrated company will operate approximately 4,900 locations, 4,350 pharmacy counters and 320 clinics across 38 states and Washington, D.C., serving more than 40 million customers per week.

EnvisionPharmacies, a division of the Rite Aid subsidiary EnvisionRxOptions, recently announced that its compounding pharmacy received accreditation from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board, a service of Accreditation Commission for Health Care. EnvisionPharmacies also holds accreditation for both Mail and Specialty Pharmacy from URAC.

URAC is a nonprofit organization developing evidence-based measures and standards through inclusive engagement with a range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of healthcare. URAC accreditation is a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability.

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