The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy®(NABP®) announced today that North Coast Medical Supply, dba Advanced Diabetes Supply, is the first pharmacy to receive accreditation through the Association’s durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) accreditation program. Pharmacies accredited through the NABP DMEPOS program are doing their part to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries receive the appropriate products, services, and patient care associated with DMEPOS products and will position themselves for participation in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) competitive bidding process.
“We chose the NABP DMEPOS accreditation program because we are a pharmacy,” says Tim Cady, president of Advanced Diabetes Supply. “We looked at the processes of the different accrediting bodies in the market and decided that NABP had the most well laid out procedures. As we went through the accreditation, NABP followed up quickly every step of the way, returning phone calls promptly, processing our application quickly, and approaching us in a professional manner. They did exactly what they said they would do and the deadlines they quoted were right on target.”
In November 2006, NABP received deeming authority from CMS to accredit pharmacies that supply DMEPOS products. The Association’s DMEPOS accreditation program, which meets all CMS quality standards, is the best suited for understanding the needs of pharmacies that provide a limited line of durable medical equipment while falling in line with the Association’s mission to protect the public health.
“With more than 100 years experience in pharmacy regulation, NABP understands the complexities of pharmacy practice and regulation and invites pharmacies seeking DMEPOS accreditation to apply to the NABP impartial and independent accreditation program,” states NABP President Lawrence H. Mokhiber. “As the only pharmacy-specific organization approved for DMEPOS accreditation, NABP provides pharmacies with a cost-effective and straight forward accreditation process that meets CMS requirements.” North Coast Medical Supply, dba Advanced Diabetes Supply (www.northcoastmed.com, 1-800/730-9887), is a pharmacy that specializes in diabetes equipment and supplies. Advanced Diabetes Supply, located in Carlsbad, CA, has much experience and works closely with patients nationwide who have Medicare and other private insurances.
For more information about NABP or its DMEPOS accreditation program, please visit the NABP Web site.