WOONSOCKET, R.I., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark has been named a Care Coordination and Clinical Integration Best Practice Award finalist by URAC, a leading health care accreditation organization. CVS Caremark is one of seven finalists in this category, selected from entries across the nation by a distinguished panel of judges, and will be honored during URAC's 2013 Quality Summit, September 30-October 1, 2013, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.
"URAC is honored to recognize organizations like CVS Caremark who are promoting care coordination and clinical integration programs that are truly patient-centered and improve care quality and outcomes," said Kylanne Green, URAC President and CEO.
CVS Caremark has been nominated for its Pharmacy Advisor® Counseling program, an innovative solution that leverages our assets both as a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) and as a national retail pharmacy chain to improve medication adherence and close gaps in care. Pharmacy Advisor Counseling provides members with targeted, proactive consultations through PBM and retail channels, across the continuum of care. CVS Caremark engages members according to their expressed preferences: face-to-face at the pharmacy counter or by phone when members choose our mail service pharmacy. The use of these integrated tactics drives behavior change not only in the short term, but also over time, leading to better clinical outcomes.
"We are pleased that CVS Caremark and our Pharmacy Advisor Counseling program have been selected as a finalist by URAC," said Jon Roberts, president of CVS Caremark's pharmacy benefit management business. "Pharmacy Advisor Counseling is an example of our efforts to develop innovative programs that improve patient engagement, better manage chronic diseases like diabetes and help clients manage their health care costs."
URAC intends to present Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards in the Care Coordination and Clinical Integration category, to be announced at the 2013 Quality Summit on October 1, 2013. For complete conference details, go to https://www.urac.org/2013AnnualSummit/AnnualSummit.asp.
About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the company's more than 7,500 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 600 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications. Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at info.cvscaremark.com.
URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, promotes health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement 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.
Christine K. Cramer
SOURCE CVS Caremark Pharmacy Services