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Walgreens division gets accreditation. (Topics).

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The Accreditation Commission for Health Care Inc. (ACHC) has certified Walgreens Health Initiatives (WHI), the managed care division of Walgreen Co., after a two-month study of its home care business.

WHI earned accreditation for several clinical programs, including infusion pharmacy, infusion nursing, respiratory services, home medical equipment, rehabilitation and fitter services. The company's home care facility in Phoenix also received recognition from ACHC as the first home-infusion pharmacy in the United States to win accreditation for its nebulizer medication program.

"Accrediting agencies give unbiased, on-site review of a health care organization's programs to ensure they are in compliance with industry standards and are providing appropriate, reliable service to patients," says WHI vice president of home care services Ron Allen. As part of the accreditation process, ACHC visited eight WHI facilities in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and New Mexico. In addition to its home care business, the division operates three mail-order pharmacies and provides pharmacy benefits management and specialty pharmacy services.

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Title Annotation:Walgreens Health Initiatives
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Date:Sep 9, 2002
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