OptumRx Receives URAC Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation

The PBM is recognized for consistently maintaining high standards in helping patients with chronic illnesses

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- OptumRx, a leading pharmacy benefit management (PBM) organization and part of health services leader Optum, announced that it received accreditation for its Specialty Pharmacy program from URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs.

OptumRx’s Specialty Pharmacy program provides members with comprehensive and coordinated delivery and support services for high-cost oral or injectable medications, which are used to treat complex chronic conditions. The program offers high-touch patient care management to control side effects; patient support and education to ensure compliance; continued treatment analysis; and specialized handling and distribution of medications sent directly to patients or their health care provider.

“OptumRx should be commended for meeting strict quality standards,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. “It is critically important for health care organizations to make a commitment to quality and accountability. URAC accreditation is a demonstration of that commitment.”

“Our industry-leading Specialty Pharmacy program focuses on ensuring that members have a positive experience and receive outstanding support related to their specialty medications to help ensure adherence. We constantly strive to ensure that our Specialty Pharmacy program meets URAC’s high standards,” said Clayton Edwards, R.Ph., MBA, senior vice president, Mail Service and Specialty Operations.

This recent accreditation is one of many acknowledgements OptumRx has received from URAC. Additional distinctions include:

  • 2011 – Mail Service Pharmacy accreditation.
  • 2010 – Platinum Award, URAC Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection, “Multiple Sclerosis Disease Therapy Management Program.”
  • 2010 – HealthCare Stars! Awards Consumer Protection category, winner Frank Whitchurch, R.Ph., OptumRx Pharmacist in Charge.
  • 2009 – Silver Award, URAC Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection, “Drug Interaction Alert Program.”
  • 2008 – Dual accreditations in Mail Service and Specialty Pharmacy.
  • 2008 – Silver Award, URAC Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection, “Geriatric RxMonitor Program.”
  • 2007, 2010 – URAC accreditation for Pharmacy Benefits Management and Disease Therapy Management programs.

About URAC
URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and education programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit www.urac.org.

About OptumRx
OptumRx is part of Optum, a leading information and technology-enabled health services company dedicated to making the health system work better for everyone. OptumRx is an innovative pharmacy benefit management organization managing the prescription drug benefits of commercial, Medicare and other governmental health plans, as well as those of employers and unions through a national network of 64,000 community pharmacies and state-of-the-art mail service pharmacies in California and Kansas, both of which have earned the prestigious Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites™ (VIPPS®) accreditation by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy®. Visit www.prescriptionsolutions.com or www.optum.com for more information.

About Optum
Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to making the health system work better for everyone. Optum is comprised of three companies – OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx – representing more than 30,000 employees worldwide who collaborate to deliver intelligent solutions that modernize the health system, improve overall population health and support Sustainable Health Communities. Optum serves the broad health care marketplace, including care providers, plan sponsors, government agencies, life sciences companies and consumers.


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