March 31, 2014 – Atlanta, GA – Curant Health, a leading medication therapy management company, recently achieved accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.
“By applying for and receiving Mail Service Pharmacy Accreditation, Curant Health has demonstrated a commitment to quality health care,” said URAC Chief Operating Officer William Vandervennet. “Quality health care is crucial to our nation’s welfare, and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards.”
URAC’s leading indicators are non-weighted, optional elements highlighting effective practices not yet widely adopted in health care. URAC accreditation brings the pharmacy management industry a commitment to quality, broad-based governance, and inclusive standards development.
“Achieving URAC certification further validates that what we do at Curant Health is designed to improve outcomes and improve lives for patients with chronic illnesses such as Hepatitis C, HIV, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and others,” said Patrick Dunham, CEO of Curant Health. “We carry this accreditation with pride and confidence that our patients, provider partners and health plans know we are committed to improving care, increasing adherence to medication therapies and reducing costs across the continuum of care.”
The services and value Curant offers patients, provider partners and health plans is both unique and proven to increase medication therapy adherence. A 2012 study of patients taking Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) revealed that those participating in Curant’s MTM (medication therapy management) program showed a 28% increase in medication adherence over baseline. By a second measure, there was a 69% increase in patients who were at least 95% adherent to all medications; 95% represents the commonly applied definition of acceptable adherence to HAART. Further, the percentage of patients whose viral loads were considered undetectable increased from 28% to 66%.
URAC’s Pharmacy Quality Management Accreditation programs demonstrate a verifiable commitment to quality and safety. These programs deliver the first-ever national standards, key benchmarks in service quality, and continuous quality improvement-oriented processes that enhance operations and compliance. http://www.urac.org/programs/
Employers, consumers, regulators, and health plans can rely on URAC for identification of the gold standard in PBMs, specialty pharmacies, and health plans. Organizations that obtain URAC accreditation consistently report their value in improving operations and enhancing regulatory compliance activities.
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.
About Curant Health
Curant Health is passionate about improving the lives of millions of chronically ill people through its innovative and comprehensive medication therapy management program. Specially trained patient care managers and pharmacists form the foundation of the program and leverage MedPlan(™), Curant’s enhanced, inhouse EMR. Regular intensive interaction with caring Curant Health professionals supports patients through the daily challenges of living with a chronic condition. Curant Health is recognized as one of America’s Fastest Growing Companies by Inc. Magazine. The company was also one of 10 finalists in Microsoft’s Excellence in Innovation competition for its development and deployment of MedPlan.
Health systems currently taking advantage of Curant’s platform for care include University of New Mexico Truman Health Services, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Emory Midtown ID Clinics, University of Louisville Research Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University and others across the country.