Q&A with Patricia Kienle, RPh, MPA, FASHP
Director, Accreditation and Medication Safety Quality Services
Cardinal Health Pharmacy Solutions
Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: From the hospital pharmacy perspective, how do regulatory agencies affect practice?
Patricia Kienle: First, it is important to recognize the difference between regulatory agencies and accreditation organizations, because their respective impacts on pharmacy practice differ significantly. From the pharmacy perspective, the two most commonly referenced regulatory bodies are the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), a federal agency; and the state agencies, which refer to either the State Department of Health, which inspects hospitals overall, or the State Board of Pharmacy, which inspects pharmacies specifically.
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