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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.

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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 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.
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