Fort Worth, TX – CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ: CRVL) recently announced that it has developed a pharmacy technician certification (CPhT) test preparation program to expand the availability of pharmacy training and increase team certifications. CorVel requires all employees participating in pharmacy benefit management to be trained and certified as pharmacy technicians, setting a new standard of knowledge in workers’ compensation.
The initiative began during the pandemic when access to the usual education channels changed. CorVel developed an internal test preparation program for team members meeting the 50 hours of pharmacy experience required to obtain their pharmacy tech certification. The program consists of an eight-week course to prepare team members for the certification exam. Among the most recent training group, 100 percent passed the exam to obtain certification.
“Those handling the oversight of prescription medications have always been certified pharmacy technicians. What makes CorVel’s program unique is that we believe it is important for all team members involved, not just those on the frontline, to have this knowledge,” said Sarah Scott, CorVel’s Vice President of Network Services. “This includes individuals performing formulary support, report analysts and evaluators, and personnel tracking state regulatory changes. With a shared foundation of this pharmacy knowledge, we are raising the standard of oversight, problem-solving, and risk management for all our customers.”
CorVel’s approach to pharmacy benefit management uses a “high-touch” model, engaging resources at the point of sale when an injured worker goes to the pharmacy to fill a prescription. Connection with a pharmacy tech at the point of sale makes it possible to ensure the prescription is safe, work-related, and cost-effective for its customers.
CorVel’s pharmacy team also closely monitors the use of dangerously addictive drugs such as opioids, using morphine equivalency scores to identify potential problems and intervening directly with the patient’s physician to find alternatives. A close partnership between case managers, adjusters, and pharmacy staff leads to a faster, safer recovery for each patient.