Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) Mail Service Pharmacy Accreditation
URAC is a leader in the accreditation of health and managed care organizations. URAC defines a mail service pharmacy as one that is generally used by individuals who require maintenance medications for chronic conditions and prefer to receive their medications in larger than a 30-day supply. With this service, individuals fill their physician's prescription orders through regular mail, online web access, by telephone, or by fax. The medication is then shipped directly to their home. URAC's Mail Service Pharmacy Accreditation standards cover core organizational quality, customer service, communications and disclosure. Drug utilization management, pharmacy operations, and a Process for mail service outcomes measurement and quality improvement. URAC accreditation brings the pharmacy management industry a commitment to quality, broad-based governance, and inclusive standards development. Employers, consumers, regulators, and health plans can rely on URAC for identification of the gold standard in mail pharmacy services.
Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site (VIPPS) Accreditation
The Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program accredits online pharmacy that dispenses prescription drugs. VIPPS requires an Internet pharmacy to comply with the licensing and survey requirements of its state and each state to which it dispenses pharmaceuticals. VIPPS-accredited pharmacies meet nationally endorsed standards of pharmacy practice, and they demonstrate compliance with standards of privacy and authentication and security of prescriptions, adhere to quality assurance policy, and provide meaningful consultation between patients and pharmacists.