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Altru Earns URAC Accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy

Posted OnDecember 11, 2020

Grand Forks, N.D. - Altru Specialty Services and Altru Retail Pharmacy is proud to announce that it has earned URAC accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy. URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through leadership, accreditation, measurement, and innovation. By achieving this status, Altru has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes, and better patient outcomes.

“We are very excited about this accreditation,” said Erin Navarro, Director of Pharmacy at Altru. “Our pharmacy teams are already stellar and URAC Accreditation validates the hard work and effort they provide patients every day. This accreditation provides our patients with confidence that they are receiving the best possible outcomes for their condition. Our pharmacy takes pride in providing Specialty Pharmaceutical services locally, and we want our community to be assured their care is optimal. The URAC is the highest standard of specialty pharmacy accreditations possible and to have this offered right here in the region ensures our patients have the best possible outcomes available.”

The URAC accreditation process demonstrates a commitment to quality services and serves as a framework to improve business processes through benchmarking organizations against nationally recognized standards.

URAC accreditation requires applicants to submit policies, procedures, and other organizational information that is followed by a review. Once an application is received by URAC, a primary reviewer is assigned and coordinates all aspects of the review until a decision on accreditation has been determined.

URAC’s accreditation process enables learning and compliance with nationally recognized healthcare standards and supports improvements and innovation in healthcare management and delivery. URAC also offers educational content, including workshops, webinars, articles, issue briefs, videos, and white papers.

“It’s necessary for specialty pharmacies to provide a higher level of treatment for patients so desired outcomes are achieved. Altru shows a dedication to patient education and safety through the recognition of quality it received with URAC’s independent accreditation,” said URAC President and CEO Shawn Griffin, M.D. “With URAC accreditation, people know that Altru strives to adhere to industry best practices.”

About URAC

Founded in 1990, URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through leadership, accreditation, measurement, and innovation. URAC is a nonprofit organization using evidence-based measures and developing standards through inclusive engagement with a range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of healthcare. Our portfolio of accreditation and certification programs span the healthcare industry, addressing healthcare management, healthcare operations, health plans, pharmacies, telehealth providers, physician practices, and more. URAC accreditation is a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability.

About Altru Health System

Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Altru Health System is a physician-led, multispecialty group practice with an acute care hospital, Level II trauma center, specialty hospital, more than two dozen Grand Forks, and regional practice locations, and a large home care network. Altru Health System was the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, extending Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to the patients we serve. For more information, visit