CPPA Seeks Comments on Draft Standards for Community Pharmacy Practice Accreditation
Jun 30, 2012 - 2:41:23 PM
Standards will shape the scope of the new accreditation program
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) seeks review and comment on the newly released draft standards for community pharmacy practice accreditation. The draft standards will serve as the basis for community pharmacy practice accreditation. They are designed to facilitate the delivery of quality pharmacy services to patients, as well as recognize and stimulate innovative community pharmacy practices.
“Input from pharmacists, health care system stakeholders, consumer groups and patients – the ultimate recipients of pharmacist services – is vitally important to the establishment of consensus standards for community pharmacy practice accreditation,” stated Thomas E. Menighan, BSPharm, ScD, MBA, CPPA President and Chair of the CPPA Board of Directors. “The draft standards being released today are the product of months of consideration by a broad group of stakeholders. Yet, this draft is only a start. Ultimately the standards and process will be as good as the input we receive. Well developed and implemented standards can create the specificity, measurability and predictability that are required for broad adoption of pharmacists’ services as the norm in health care.”
An examination of recent healthcare trends indicates an increasing focus on the creation of mechanisms to identify providers and practice sites that can deliver quality health care, improve patient outcomes and use resources effectively. CPPA took a leadership role to ensure pharmacy profession involvement in shaping the use, direction and value of the standards for pharmacy practice accreditation programs. CPPA contracted with the American Pharmacists Association to develop the standards for community pharmacy practice accreditation.
The voluntary community pharmacy practice accreditation program will be focused on accrediting community pharmacy practices to recognize quality, enhance patient safety and provide a mechanism for excellent community pharmacy practices to distinguish themselves.
Public participation in the review of these standards is important. To review the draft standards and submit comments, go to http://cppa.pharmacist.com. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2012.
The CPPA Standards Development Oversight Committee and APhA’s Standards Development Working Committee will carefully review and consider the comments and suggestions for revision as they work towards a final version of the standards. The standards will then be submitted to the CPPA Board of Directors for final approval. The final standards will be publicly available and full implementation will begin in 2013.
About the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation
The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) is a partnership between the American Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. CPPA develops and implements comprehensive programs of pharmacy practice site accreditation, including the promotion, development and maintenance of principles, policies and standards. CPPA offers the general public and users of pharmacy services a means of identifying those pharmacies that satisfy the accreditation criteria and are focused on advancing patient care, safety and quality. For more information, please visit http://cppa.pharmacist.com.
For advertising and promotion on HealthNewsDigest.com please contact Mike McCurdy: tvmike13@HealthNewsDigest.com or 877-634-9180
HealthNewsDigest.com is syndicated worldwide, to thousands of journalists in all media, and health-related websites. www.HealthNewsDigest.com
© Copyright by HealthNewsDigest.com