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URAC Awarded CVS Caremark with Platinum Honors

URAC Awarded CVS Caremark with Platinum Honors

CVS Caremark was awarded Platinum Honors by industry's leading healthcare accreditation organization, URAC for its outstanding performance toward Consumer Health Improvement. The award was declared at the 2009 Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards Gala held on April 1 to 2 in Orlando, Florida. The awards given on that function were created to distinguish inventive headship and winning programs in the field of consumer-oriented healthcare management.

CVS Caremark was awarded for its groundbreaking Drug Therapy Management Program. The program was especially designed to improve the result of drug treatment. It provides the patients with composite drug requirements access to specifically coached medical pharmacists for head-to-head drug counseling and support. Patients with composite drug requirements may be described as patients that consume multiple medicines and have prescriptions from several different healthcare companies. Such patients are asked to take part in personalized counseling session with a medical pharmacist to assess their drug requirements and also to make out any probable issues with effectiveness, compliance, dosage and interfaces. Once a patient gets registered for this program, a complete electronic documentation is designed and kept updated for him. A personalized care plan along with regular check-up schedules over phone with the clinical pharmacist allocated for the patients is also developed and kept.

Howard McLure, the president of CVS Caremark Pharmacy Services said that the Drug Therapy Management Program serves the patients with complex pharmacy requirements with admittance to customized supports from clinical pharmacists that guarantee corresponding communication and care between the patients and healthcare providers. He added that the program is a solid instance of how the company applies its Proactive Pharmacy Care approach to involve the patients it supports in their pharmacy needs and offer them useful information they require to make more wise decisions.

70 applications were assessed by a team of 27 esteemed and autonomous judges included of specialists in care coordination, health information technology, program evaluation and patient safety and employer and buyer decision making. Honors were given to six groups; Health Management, Health Information/Decision Support, Pharmacy Quality Management, Health Plans and Health Networks, Consumer Health Improvement and Consumer Decision Making.

According to Alan P. Spielman, the president and CEO of URAC, the Best Practices Awards Program is an exclusive gala of the best the healthcare business should offer. The companies have created a variation in the lives of the customers by imposing cutting-edge programs with positive consequences that matter.

An Overview on URAC

URAC is a self-governing non-profit company that enjoys well reputation for promoting healthcare standard by means of endorsement, education and evaluation programs. It offers a broad range of standard flagship programs and services that maintain speed with the fast alterations taking place in the healthcare industry and offer a symbol of superiority for the companies to authenticate their pledge to quality and responsibility. Its broad-based authority and quality improvement process makes sure that all the shareholders are symbolized in founding standard measures for entire healthcare business. For in-depth information, please log on to www.urac.org.

An Overview on CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark is the nation's leader in providing prescriptions. It fills and administers over 1 billion prescriptions per year. Through its wide range of services, the company is changing the delivery of medical services in the country. It efficiently handles healthcare costs and develops healthcare results through its network of over 6,900 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores along with Caremark Pharmacy Services division, online pharmacy, CVS.com and retail health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic.

For general information about CVS Caremark, please visit www.cvscaremark.com/investors and www.cvscaremark.com/newsroom.

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