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Pharmaceuticals are the most common medical intervention, and their potential for both help and harm is enormous.  Ensuring that Americans get the most benefit from advances in pharmacology is a critical component of improving the national health care system.1

The GTMRx Institute defines CMM as:

The standard of care that ensures each patient’s medications (whether they are prescription, nonprescription, alternative, traditional, vitamins, or nutritional supplements) are individually assessed to determine that each medication is appropriate for the patient, effective for the medical condition, safe given the comorbidities and other medications being taken, and able to be taken by the patient as intended.2

Learn more about the reiterative 10 step process in the infographic to the right.

1“Pharmaceuticals: The Good and the Bad.” Informing the Future: Critical Issues in Health, Fourth Edition, Institutes of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, 2007, pp. 13–17. Accessed 4 Jan. 2018.

2 McInnis, Terry, et al., editors. The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Integrating Comprehensive Medication Management to Optimize Patient Outcomes. 2nd ed., Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Integrating Comprehensive Medication Management to Optimize Patient Outcomes. PCPCC Medication Management Task Force collaborative document.

Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) Practice Management Tool

The CMM Practice Management system refers to the resources, structures and supports needed within a practice to effectively and efficiently manage a CMM practice to achieve quality, consistency and sustainability. Researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, in partnership with pharmacists across the country, created the CMM Practice Management Tool for individual practitioners and practice sites to use to identify and prioritize areas of CMM practice improvement. The tool is organized according to the 5 established core components of practice management: 1) Organizational Support, 2) Care Team Engagement, 3) Care Delivery Processes, 4) CMM Program Evaluation and 5) Ensuring Consistent and Quality Care. The assessment tool consists of three parts:

  1. A global assessment of all domains of CMM practice management to prioritize areas for further assessment,
  2. A comprehensive assessment tool of all domains and essential components of CMM practice management, and
  3. A worksheet to identify and guide arears of practice improvement after completing the assessment.

You can find the link to the Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) Practice Management tool here:  

Users will need to click on the SignUp button and complete the required fields. Once you have done so, you will receive an automated email confirmation from “CMM Tools”. This email will provide you with access to the CMM Practice Management tool.

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