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Retail Pharmacies - Applicability of Hospital Accreditation Requirements

Are there any circumstances in which a retail pharmacy, operated by a hospital that is surveyed under the hospital or critical access accreditation programs, would be included in any onsite survey activities ?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

No, retail pharmacies are not subject to survey along with a hospital as there are no accreditation requirements in the hospital or critical access hospital accreditation manuals that address such entities^.  This also applies to those situations when there are contractual agreements between a hospital and a retail pharmacy to provide services directly to patients preparing for discharge. Examples of such services may include delivery of:
  • durable medical equipment (canes, crutches, wheelchairs, etc)
  • prosthetics, orthotics, dressings, etc.
  • prescription medications, sometimes referred to as a 'meds-to-beds' program
  • etc. 
When such contracts do exist, a surveyor may evaluate compliance with the requirements found at LD.04.03.09 that apply to clinical contracted services, however, this does not include a visit to the pharmacy by the surveyor. 

^ NOTE:  A retail pharmacy may be visited when seeking accreditation under the Home Care Accreditation Program for eligible services. Business occupancies located within the boundaries of a hospital may be evaluated by a life safety code surveyor for compliance with EC and LS standards. This would include a retail pharmacy that may or may not be owned or operated by the hospital.
Manual: Hospital and Hospital Clinics
Chapter: Medication Management MM
First published date: October 15, 2019 This Standards FAQ was first published on this date.
This page was last updated on October 29, 2021
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