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July 2020 | Issue Brief
Pharmacogenomics in real life: From COVID-19 to depression, PGx testing is proving itself in practice
Advances in pharmacogenomics (PGx)—and our enhanced understanding of the individual variability of drug response—will transform our approach to the treatment of disease. PGx testing may be no silver bullet, but as a diagnostic tool used in conjunction with a process of care like CMM, it can significantly inform medication therapy management services and our approach to the treatment of disease. The current trial-and-error method will one day give way to personalized, targeted medication use.
One day. For now, the challenge is translating diagnostic discovery at the bench into management of care at the bedside.
June 2020 | Issue Brief
Booming telehealth use is transforming health care delivery, including CMM, but what happens post-pandemic?
December 2019 | Issue Brief
Accessing the data we need to get the medications right: What new health IT requirements mean for you—and for consumers
Earlier this year, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator released their proposed new regulations to advance interoperability across the health care system and to make it easier for patients and caregivers to access their personal health information. The proposed regulations would have significant implications for how health plans, providers and others handling patient data format, exchange and use health care data. In addition to government-led initiatives, market players are moving forward with their own data and technology transformation strategies, alliances and product development efforts.
Featuring the voices of Deb Gage, president and CEO at Medecision and GTMRx Institute board member, Lisa Bari, former health IT and interoperability lead at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Center and Ryan Howells, principal at Leavitt Partners and lead at the CARIN Alliance.
November 2019 | Issue Brief
Success at Scale: Comprehensive Medication Management in Primary Care
Comprehensive medication management (CMM) is a systematic approach to ensuring all medications are safe, effective and appropriate for the patient. But operationalizing CMM into team-based primary care delivery takes a systematic approach, too. This webinar offers a customizable blueprint for delivery of CMM and demonstrates how it improves work-life balance for primary care providers. It includes strategies learned from practices in the field and showcases research-based tools practices can use to implement CMM.
Featuring the voices of Mary Roth McClurg, Pharm.D., MHS, professor and executive vice dean-chief academic officer at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Ed Webb, Pharm.D., MPH, FCCP, GTMRx Institute board member and senior policy advisor to the executive director and Board of Regents of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
*For those looking for the November resources referenced in the webinar, the anticipated release date is now early 2020. Once available, we will put a notification here.
September 2019 | Issue Brief
Pharmacogenomics: Improving outcomes, lowering costs by making precision medicine personal
Pharmacogenomics considers the role of the genome in drug response. It combines pharmacology and genomics, considering how the genetic makeup of an individual affects his/her response to drugs.
Today, more than ever before, we have the ability to target the right drug to improve a patient’s quality of life while also eliminating waste from non-optimized medications. This issue brief provides an overview of pharmacogenomics and showcases an employer case example of the opportunities and savings available to employers and health plans through integration of personalized medicine into benefit plan design.
Featuring the voices of Jane Cheshire Gilbert, CPA, director of retiree health care for the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Kentucky and Steve Goldberg, MD, vice president, medical affairs, population health and chief health officer, health & wellness, Quest Diagnostics, GTMRx Institute board member.
July 2019 | Issue Brief
CMM Practice in Real Life: Clinical Pharmacy Specialists on the VA Care Team
June 2019 | Issue Brief
Training to advance Comprehensive Medication Management in practice: Acting on the $528B opportunity
What will it take to expand the use of comprehensive medication management? Greater awareness among payers, providers and patients is required, of course. More specifically, it will require education and training. Perhaps the most important aspect is integration of CMM—and the clinical pharmacist—into the care team. That takes savvy in team-based care integration, creating collaborative practice agreements and more. This issue brief explores the need for CMM and implications for pharmacy education and training, as well as how CMM is integrated into team-based care models.
Featuring the voices of Terry McInnis, MD, MPH, president and co-founder, Get the Medications Right Institute and Foundation; president, founder, Blue Thorn Inc.; and Jan Hirsch, BS Pharm, Ph.D., director and founding dean, Pharmaceutical Sciences University of California, Irvine.
June 2019 | Issue Brief
275,000 lives lost and a $528 billion price tag
Avoidable illness and death resulting from non-optimized medication therapy cost $528.4 billion in 2016, according to a peer-reviewed paper in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy. That represents 16% of the annual $3.2 trillion the U.S. spends on health care. This issue brief from Health2 Resources explores the research behind the figures and discusses the promise of comprehensive medication management as a systematic approach that can assure medications are appropriately and effectively used–making them both cost effective and assuring that all conditions are effectively managed with fewer side effects.
Featuring the voices of Terry McInnis, MD, MPH, president and co-founder, Get the Medications Right Institute and Foundation; president, founder, Blue Thorn Inc.; and Jonathan H. Watanabe, Pharm.D., M.S., Ph.D. BCGP, associate professor of clinical pharmacy, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California, San Diego.
July 2018 | White Paper
The Patient Care Process for Delivering Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM)
Defining an intervention and ensuring consistency in delivery is necessary to establish a common understanding and set of expectations across key stakeholder groups including patients, pharmacists, physicians, other health care providers, and payers. This also allows the service to be recognized as distinct, yet complementary to care provided by the primary or specialty care provider. An intervention, such as comprehensive medication management (CMM), focused on optimizing medication use must be defined with a degree of specificity that allows consistent training of clinical pharmacists and other health care providers, replication of the service, and observable fidelity of the service across practitioners.
This white paper provides a framework and common language for understanding CMM and delivering it through a detailed patient care process. It was funded by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Research Institute and the UNC Eshelman Institute for Innovation. Content was developed by researchers at the UNC Eschelman School of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and the University of Colorado.
March 2018 | Academic Research Article
Cost of Prescription Drug-Related Morbidity and Mortality
May 2016 | Issue Brief
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.
- 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 Pharmacy has 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.
June 2016 | Primary Care Learning Network White Paper
Get the medications right™: Comprehensive medication management and the role of the pharmacist in patient care.
It’s long past the time to talk about “pilots” or “emerging practices” when discussing comprehensive medication management (CMM). CMM programs have been tested and retested, the results studied and documented. It’s not emerging: It has emerged—as a practice to improve outcomes, control costs and enhance the satisfaction of clinicians and patients alike. Health systems, patients, physicians—even payers—are beginning to understand the value of advanced clinical pharmacy services and the importance of integrating those services collaboratively into community/ambulatory team-based care, explains Terry McInnis, MD, MPH, CPE, FACOEM, in this white paper.