Pharmacy Accreditation

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What are the options for accrediting my pharmacy?

Pharm Options

DMEPOS Accreditation
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognize BOC as one of eight deemed accrediting organizations for DMEPOS suppliers, and pharmacies can earn accreditation for all CMS product categories. 

Retail Accreditation
Retail accreditation demonstrates that your pharmacy meets standards established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the respective state boards of pharmacy standards. 

Compounding (Non-Sterile) Accreditation - Only Available with BOC Retail or BOC Retail + DMEPOS
With some third-party insurance carriers and state Medicaid programs requiring compounding pharmacies to show evidence of compliance with standards established by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) and third-party payors, BOC created the Compounding Accreditation to provide the public and regulators with assurance of compliance. 

The Patient Safety Act and Pharmacy Accreditation
Read an article by BOC Board Member Jeff Hedges, CDME, addressing the pharmacy market and patient safety. However, the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act is applicable to all healthcare providers. While DMEPOS facilities have to contend with medication errors or adverse drug reactions, they carry many products that can cause life-threatening events if not correctly set up or fitted.  

 

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Enjoy a special discount on Compounding Accreditation: apply by December 31, 2017 and save $1,000 on your Retail + DMEPOS + Compounding Accreditation! 

 

What is the accreditation process for new customers?

1. Complete the application form, pay the fee and attest to your pharmacy's compliance with the 
    appropriate Accreditation Standards (refer to Resources in right column).

2. BOC will then contact you to schedule a site survey. Use convenient checklists to
    prepare for your site survey (refer to Resources in right column). 


What is the accreditation process for existing customers to add an additional accreditation?

To Add Retail Accreditation
Pharmacies that currently hold BOC DMEPOS Accreditation can add Retail Accreditation for free through their current three-year accreditation cycle. Simply complete the add-on Retail Accreditation application and provide the required items. No site survey is needed.

To Add Compounding Accreditation

  1. To apply, review the BOC Compounding Accreditation Standards, complete the application and pay the corresponding fee.
  2. BOC will be in touch to schedule your site survey. Use convenient checklists to prepare for your site survey (refer to Resources in right column).

Why choose BOC for accreditation?

BOC was founded by a pharmacist, Donald O. Fedder, DrPH, MPH, BSP, FAPhA, who served as its first CEO from 1984 to 2006. Dr. Fedder’s pharmacy was the first in the state of Maryland to carry home health medical equipment and orthotics. Today, BOC has pharmacists who serve on its Board of Directors, and specially trained site surveyors who understand how CMS standards apply to the unique setting of a pharmacy. 


Is accreditation required for my facility?

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 do require Compounding Accreditation. CMS makes frequent changes to regulatory requirements and BOC anticipates that Pharmacy Accreditation for Part D (Medicare’s prescription drug benefit) participation may be required in the future.


 

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