ASHP, AMCP Announce Partnership to Accredit Managed Care Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs
The partnership draws both on ASHP's 30 years of expertise in accrediting pharmacy residency programs and the substantive managed care experience of AMCP's membership. The new standard establishes criteria for training and educating pharmacists in the managed care environment and will allow managed care pharmacy practice residency programs to pursue accreditation under the auspices of ASHP's Commission on Credentialing.
"This joint standard is a breakthrough and advances the recognition of managed care pharmacy residencies," said AMCP Executive Director, Judith A. Cahill. "The standard also recognizes the unique challenge of working in managed care and enables pharmacists to receive residency training in programs that are nationally recognized."
Residency training allows pharmacists to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to provide optimal drug therapy and assume leadership roles in health care. Demand for this specialized training has increased substantially in recent years. The 1999 National Residency Matching Service administered by ASHP reveals that 779 senior pharmacy students applied for only 612 available residency positions. The shortage of accredited residencies limits the ability of pharmacy students to receive advanced training in clinical practice. This program is intended to serve as one means of meeting the expanding demand for pharmacists who are equipped to respond to the challenges and opportunities of managed care.
"We are extremely pleased with this collaboration with AMCP," said ASHP Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D. "Increasing the number of pharmacy practice residency programs is paramount as our profession strives to expand the number of practitioners who are trained to improve the medication-use process and thereby improve patient care."
AMCP is the national professional society dedicated to the concept and practice of pharmaceutical care in managed health care environments. Its mission is to promote pharmaceutical care to ensure appropriate health care outcomes for all individuals. AMCP's purpose is to represent the views and interests of managed care pharmacy. AMCP has more than 4,500 members nationally who are part of more than 600 health care organizations that provide comprehensive coverage and services to the 150 million Americans served by managed care.
ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medications. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.