Report calls on community pharmacies to position themselves as part of health care team

A new report released by pharmacy accreditor URAC says pharmacists must adapt to succeed in the new health care economy and position themselves as an essential part of the health care team.

A new report released by pharmacy accreditor URAC says pharmacists must adapt to succeed in the new health care economy and position themselves as an essential part of the health care team. The report addresses the challenges faced by community pharmacies in a fast-changing, turbulent environment, and how they are adapting and innovating to succeed in a value-based health care economy. It outlines five major challenges: industry consolidation, specialty pharmacy market growth, technology choices, provider status, and collaborative practice agreements. The report also discusses how technology can help reduce dispensing errors and improve medication adherence. Community pharmacists are uniquely positioned to help improve medication adherence because of their access to the prescription refill information and frequent interactions with patients.