Clinical Manager and Oncology Pharmacist Carl Popelas, PharmD, BCOP with Pharmacy Director Alex Zarow, RPh, MS, MBA

Ambulatory Pharmacy Receives Two National Accreditations

Thursday, April 12, 2018 |
The Bayhealth Ambulatory Pharmacy at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus recently received accreditations through the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) in Specialty Pharmacy and Durable Medical Equipment. Achieving ACHC accreditation shows Bayhealth’s drive to provide the highest-quality service through compliance with national regulations and industry standards.

These accreditations will allow Ambulatory Pharmacy staff to process most specialty medication prescriptions and bill insurance for durable medical equipment. “Receiving these accreditations will play an important part in patient satisfaction because they will allow us to better serve our patients,” said Pharmacy Director Alex Zarow, RPh, MS, MBA.

The durable medical equipment accreditation deals specifically with providing equipment such as crutches, splints and boots to patients who need them, particularly after a visit to Emergency and Trauma Services. Specialty pharmacy services assist with medication-specific monitoring, meaning our pharmacists specialize in recommending dose adjustments, researching drug interactions and providing counseling about the unique side effects of medications used in certain disease states. Bayhealth’s Specialty Pharmacy accreditation will predominately benefit oncology patients.

To achieve accreditation, an application, accreditation agreement and other related documents were submitted. Then an onsite survey was held before a decision was handed down. Clinical Manager and Oncology Pharmacist Carl Popelas, PharmD, BCOP, says the new Specialty Pharmacy accreditation will bring another layer of convenience to oncology patients. “This sets a standard for the care we provide to the community and is very important as a whole when it comes to patient safety and quality care,” Popelas said.

Visit Bayhealth.org/Ambulatory-Pharmacy to learn more about Ambulatory Pharmacy services. Call 1-866-BAY-DOCS (229-3627) if you’re in need of a physician.