Vivo Health Pharmacy Earns Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation

Vivo Health Pharmacy, a member of Northwell Health, has been fully accredited as a specialty pharmacy by the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC). 

Less than one percent of all pharmacies in the United States – about 220 – have earned full URAC Accreditation for Specialty Pharmacy.  Vivo Health Pharmacy received perfect scores for all standards, which reflects its commitment to quality and excellence. Specialty pharmacies service patients with complex and chronic diseases and often require medication that can be  complicated to adhere to,  difficult to access and expensive.

Many payers and pharmaceutical companies require URAC specialty pharmacy accreditation to participate in their network. This three-year designation, which runs to February 2020, allows Vivo Health Pharmacy to strengthen its relationship with both manufacturers and insurers.
“URAC Accreditation is the gold standard for specialty pharmacies,” said Onisis Stefas, Pharm.D, vice president of pharmacy operations at Northwell Health. “This accreditation reinforces our dedication to providing high quality care to our patients. We are very proud that all four of our Vivo Health pharmacies received full URAC accreditation.”

Vivo Health Pharmacy, which features a 24-hour clinical call center, has locations at three Northwell Health facilities – North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park and the Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success – along with the Vivo Health Specialty Pharmacy in New Hyde Park.  

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About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals and over 550 outpatient facilities. We care for more than two million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 61,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and nearly 3,400 physicians, including nearly 2,700 members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit

About URAC
Founded in 1990, URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, education and measurement. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs that reflect the latest changes in health care and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability. URAC’s evidence-based measures and standards are developed through inclusive engagement with a broad range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of health care.

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