Becoming accredited could be a benefit to you and your pharmacy. Accreditation acknowledges a level of organizational competence that is comparable to other organizations accredited. It will also identify areas in need of improvement and provides suggestions on how those improvements could be made. Accreditation requires that you have management controls in place related to accountability and efficiency. It will give you the confidence that you are providing good services and has built-in mechanisms to be able to continually improve your services.
You will have the opportunity to receive feedback at the time of the accreditation site review/survey from objective and skilled peers. The end result that you want to achieve is knowing that your pharmacy is well-run and provides good return on investment, which should mean fewer problems that arise compared to non-accredited pharmacies.
Getting your pharmacy DMEPOS accreditated can be a stressful process, however we have a complete package that will provide you with all the documentation that you need in order to comply with Medicare standards. Before you start the process of accreditation there are a few things you need to be aware.
We are not an accrediting organization (AO); we are a consulting company that provides you with the documentation that is needed to become DMEPOS accredited. There are 10 different AO’s that are approved by Medicare:
You do not have to work with BOC, you can choose whichever accrediting organization works best for you. Our programs match up perfectly with BOC standards and may not with some of the other AO’s. We encourage pharmacies to work with an AO they feel most comfortable with. Also, if you don’t offer Medicare DME you would not need to be accredited unless required by your state or an insurance company in your area.
The benefit of being under the exemption is simply that you do not have to pay an AO to come in and survey you. You are still required to follow all of the Medicare guidelines.
Note: 20% of all exempt pharmacies are requested to submit financial and patient files to the NSC annually.
Our pharmacy has been working with R.J.Hedges for many years now. The value they provide for our pharmacy cannot be overstated. They have streamlined every aspect of compliance and our onsite Medicare inspections have been 100% perfect. We have a dedicated project manager who works closely with us. Hedges not only gets you set up with literally binders full of customized documents, but they keep you current as CMS requirements change, send you a monthly task list to keep you on track, send you personnel files as your staff changes, etc. We have since added on their compliance programs for immunizations and compounding. The requirements for compliance are so extensive and detail oriented that I don't know how a pharmacy or other organization could possibly stay compliant without a company like R.J. Hedges. It is true that " you don't know what you don't know", and I have peace of mind knowing that we have the tools and resources to stay compliant.
Lori Kearney Rivergate Pharmacy[fa icon="quote-right"]