Joint Commission Announces New Requirements Related to Specialty Pharmacy Organizations, Effective July 1, 2019

PUBLISHED: Feb 21, 2019
Relevant to: Home Health, Pharmacy

The Joint Commission (TJC) has announced special accreditation for Specialty Pharmacy Organizations within the Home Care program. Specialty pharmacies have historically been accredited under TJC’s general pharmacy requirements. Effective July 1, 2019, Specialty Pharmacies will now be surveyed under more specific requirements related to their specific settings.

The goal of this change is to give specialty pharmacies the ability to better demonstrate the aspects of their service that differ from traditional pharmacy accreditation.

According to TJC, specialty pharmacy accreditation will include the existing Pharmacy program requirements in addition to three new elements of performance (EPs). The new EP’s cover topics including:

  • Performance monitoring including data collection on medical errors, adherence rates, turnaround times for patient delivery of medications and other products, billing and coding errors.
  • Documentation requirements including ensuring the medical record includes documentation of patient education on instructions for medication use and/or use of associated products.

Follow the link below to review these new requirements.

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