2023-2026 Specialty Pharmacy Operational Considerations (P) (T)

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ACPE Number: 0204-0000-23-029-H04-P/T
ACPE Expiration Date: 1/1/2026
Activity Type: Knowledge-based
CE Credits: 0.75 contact hours

Activity Overview

A thorough understanding of the complexities of specialty pharmacy processes can be the key differentiator between a successful or unsuccessful pharmacy operation. This module is written to outline some of the additional facility, workflow, and reporting obligations that a specialty pharmacy will require to be successful.


The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Target Audience

Each individual activity module is intended for pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians who wish to expand their knowledge and/or competency in a specific topic area. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the basic facility requirements for a fully operational specialty pharmacy.
  2. Identify the key elements of both the front-end and back-end workflow for specialty pharmacy.
  3. Describe the reporting sources and utilization of common specialty pharmacy data sets.


 H. Champ Burgess, PharmD, MBA
Chief Pharmacy Officer
University Hospitals Health System


Joel A. Hennenfent, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FASHP
Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Member Services
Vizient, Inc.
Irving, Texas

Heather A. Pace, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Utilization Management
GEHA Health
Lee’s Summit, Missouri


Scott Savage, PharmD, MS
Executive Vice Dean—Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Editorial Consultant: Toni Fera, BS Pharm, PharmD

No one in control of the content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship (RFR) with an ineligible company.

As defined by the Standards of Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education definition of ineligible company. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated prior to the CPE activity.

Each published activity consists of a reading module with references, competency assessment checklist, and competency assessment exam. Participants must participate in the entire activity, and complete the evaluation and all required components to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP Learning Center.  Follow the prompts to claim credit and view your statement of credit within 60 days after completing the activity.

NOTE: CPE credit may be claimed only one time per individual activity.

Important Note – ACPE 60-Day Deadline

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned. To verify that you have completed the required steps and to ensure your credits have been reported to CPE Monitor, we encourage you to check your NABP CPE Monitor eProfile account to validate your credits were transferred successfully before the 60-day deadline.   After the 60 day deadline, ASHP will no longer be able to award credit for this activity.