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This work was supported by a generous grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF) and released in May 2016. The authors of the report and materials would like to thank CPF for its ongoing leadership and support.

 

 

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Report examines comprehensive medication management and the role of the pharmacist in patient care

Over the last two decades, comprehensive medication management has emerged as a practice to improve outcomes, control costs and enhance the satisfaction of clinicians and patients alike.

A report from Health2 Resources and Blue Thorn Inc., Get the medications right: a nationwide snapshot of expert practices–Comprehensive medication management in ambulatory/community pharmacy explores the role of the clinical pharmacist CMM practices in the community setting.

Sponsored by a grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation, the report is based on completed responses from 618 practitioners and program directors from 45 states and Puerto Rico as well as interviews with leaders from 15 CMM practices. It offers deep insights into CMM services identifying factors contributing to–and inhibiting – practice success.

Learn more about Principal Investigator Terry McInnis, MD, MPH, FACOEM or Project Director Katherine H. Capps.

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Get the medications right: a dozen lessons

An issue brief from Health2 Resources, Get the medications right: a dozen lessons, explores how comprehensive medication management is transforming care delivery for patients, pharmacists and other clinicians.

It identifies key lessons from the new report Get the medications right: a nationwide snapshot of expert practices–Comprehensive medication management in ambulatory/community pharmacy. The report, from Health2 Resources and Blue Thorn Inc. and sponsored by the Community Pharmacy Foundation, offers insight into how pharmacists, as both medication experts and clinicians, are optimizing medication use and making an impact on the practices and communities they serve.

The brief focuses on two CMM programs featured in the report:

  • HealthPartners began paying for CMM-level services in 2006. Nearly everyone with a HealthPartners pharmacy benefit is eligible for CMM; that’s about 850,000 people. HealthPartners also employs pharmacists at 15 of its own clinics. Dan Rehrauer, PharmD, is the senior manager of the medication therapy management program.
  • Goodrich Pharmacyhas 18 pharmacists at seven sites; five sites provide CMM. In 2015, they saw roughly 900 CMM patients and 700 disease-state medication management patients. Goodrich also contracts with six primary care clinics, providing CMM patient consultations for a flat fee. Steve Simenson, BPharm, FAPhA, DPNAP, is president and managing partner.

Download the issue brief.

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Primary Care Learning Network Brief

In this forecast brief, Terry McInnis, MD, MPH, CPE, FACOEM, president of Blue Thorn Inc., and Katherine Capps, president of Health2 Resources, discuss CMM in the context of their latest research report, Get the medications right: a nationwide snapshot of expert practices–Comprehensive medication management in ambulatory/community pharmacy, sponsored through a grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation. Drawing on examples from the report, they offer a glimpse into the present and future of CMM and issue a powerful call to action.

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Expert practices in the real world: Comprehensive medication management in the community pharmacy

In this webinar sponsored by a grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation, Steve Simenson BPharm, FAPhA, DPNA, CEO and managing partner of Goodrich Pharmacy, Inc. (and former president of the American Pharmacists Association) shares his insights on Goodrich’s successful CMM program. Simenson discusses how Goodrich integrated CMM into the community pharmacy setting and how it has expanded these services beyond the pharmacy doors.

Simenson is joined by Terry McInnis MD, MPH, CPE, FACOEM, president of Blue Thorn Inc. and principal investigator of Get the medications right: a nationwide snapshot of expert practices–Comprehensive medication management in ambulatory/community pharmacy.  McInnis offers an overview of comprehensive medication management, explain how it’s different from other medication management approaches, and discusses key findings of the report and their relevance to community pharmacy.

 

Blog | Get the medications right. Save lives. It’s really that simple.

By Terry McInnis, MD, MPH, CPE, FACOEM, president, Blue Thorn Inc. | May 31, 2016

In May, health care industry insiders and outsiders alike were stunned. A report announced medical errors are the third leading cause of death.

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Blog | Get the medications–and the name–right: Comprehensive Medication Management

By Katherine H. Capps, president, Health2 Resources | June 23, 2016

If you want to upset me, tell me “Oh, it’s just semantics.” Words, and the way we use them, matter. How we label things matters. If you need ibuprofen, you don’t say “I’d like an analgesic.” And if you want a Pepsi, you don’t ask for a cola–or worse, a “Coke.” Call a rose by any other name and you’ll just confuse the heck out of everyone.

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Blog | Wake-up call: CMM bolsters the bottom line by getting the medications right

By Terry McInnis, MD, MPH, CPE, FACOEM, president, Blue Thorn Inc. | June 30, 2016

A health care model that yields a positive ROI, improves care and leaves patients and clinicians satisfied? Can’t be done, you say?

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