Earn Accreditation in Four Simple Steps:
1. Contact Our Team
2. Prepare for Your On-Site Survey
Our Accreditation team will carefully review your application to determine if you are ready for your on-site survey. Once ready, use the Pharmacy Site Survey Checklist to prepare for your on-site survey. A site surveyor – a contracted professional who assesses compliance of your business with required rules and regulations – will visit your business during the hours listed on your application. The surveyor will inspect your business location(s), required manuals, patient charts, and financial documents.
3. Receive Your Results
Once BOC reviews your survey results, you will be notified of your accreditation status. If your business did not meet the requirements, BOC will contact you if additional information is required.
4. Accreditation Awarded
After earning accreditation, you must obtain a National Provider Identifier (NPI) prior to enrolling in Medicare. Your NPI is a required field on your enrollment application. To obtain an NPI number, apply online on the CMS website (additional information can be found on the National Provider Identifier Standard page of the site). Please note that applying for the NPI is a separate process from Medicare enrollment.
You also should apply for a Provider Transaction Number (PTAN); this is needed to bill CMS. To obtain a PTAN, submit a Medicare Enrollment Application (CMS Form 855S) and a copy of your accreditation certificate to the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC). Please note that BOC cannot influence how quickly NSC issues your PTAN.
Is accreditation required for my pharmacy?
While Pharmacy Accreditation is not required, it is recommended for pharmacies to improve their business practices, ensure accurate accounting and billing, develop human resources, and provide an additional assurance of quality patient care. Additionally, some third-party payors require Compounding Accreditation. CMS makes frequent changes to regulatory requirements and BOC anticipates that Pharmacy Accreditation for Part D (Medicare’s prescription drug benefit) may be required in the future.
What are the options for accrediting my pharmacy?
Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Accreditation
CMS recognizes BOC as one of the originally deemed accrediting organizations for DMEPOS suppliers, and pharmacies can earn BOC accreditation for all DMEPOS product categories. Common products include blood glucose monitors, canes, walkers, diabetic shoe inserts, and nebulizer equipment. Use the DMEPOS Site Survey Checklist to prepare for your site survey.
Retail accreditation demonstrates that your pharmacy meets standards established by the CMS, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state boards of pharmacy. Use the Pharmacy Site Survey Checklist to prepare for your site survey.
Pharmacies that currently hold BOC DMEPOS Accreditation can add Retail Accreditation during their current three-year accreditation cycle at no extra cost. No site survey is needed.
Compounding (Non-Sterile) Accreditation – Available Only with BOC Retail or BOC Retail + DMEPOS
Because some third-party insurance carriers and state Medicaid programs require that compounding pharmacies show evidence of compliance with standards established by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) and third-party payors, BOC also offers Compounding Accreditation. Use the Compounding Site Survey Checklist to prepare for your site survey.