Effectiveness and Outcomes

CMS report affirms pharmacist-provided MTM

Pharmacy Today - November 2013

If CMS invests money in medication therapy management (MTM) programs for Medicare patients, do these programs improve the quality of chronic care management and reduce health care expenditures?

Evaluating your Clinical Programs with Prescription Claim Records

Pharmacy Today - July 2013

One of the biggest challenges to pharmacies has always been limited access to patient information such as diagnoses, laboratory values, and physical exam records. While pharmacists may not always have access to patient charts, we do have access to one very valuable piece of information not held by our medical colleagues: prescription claim records. There is much that pharmacists can do with this rich data set.

Improving the Economic and Humanistic Outcomes for Diabetic Patients: Making a Case for Employer-Sponsored Medication Therapy Management

ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research - April 2013

The purpose of this study was to determine the cost savings of a pharmacist-led, employer-sponsored medication therapy management (MTM) program for diabetic patients and to assess for any changes in patient satisfaction and self-reported medication adherence for enrollees.

Increasing Medicare Part D Enrollment In Medication Therapy Management Could Improve Health And Lower Costs

Health Affairs - July 2013

Targeting efforts to improve medication adherence, especially among people with high health needs, can improve health and lower health care spending.

Plan pays pharmacists for performance

Pharmacy Today - June 2013

Pharmacists will be paid for performance in a medication therapy management (MTM) diabetes program under a contract that starts June 1. The contract was negotiated between Minnesota’s State Employee Group Insurance Plan (SEGIP) and a statewide MTM provider network run by the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

Providing Quality Services to Improve Patient Outcomes

Pharmacy Today

June 2014

Author: Randy P. McDonough

The article reviews the CMS star ratings and how these will change the way that health care is provided.  Pharmacists need to provide  high-level services that improve patient care with an emphasis on the team approach.

The effect of pharmacist-provided non-dispensing services on patient outcomes, health service utilisation and costs in low- and middle-income countries

The Cochrane Library - February 2013

Researchers in The Cochrane Collaboration conducted a review to evaluate the effect of using pharmacists to provide services other than medicine dispensing in low- and middle-income countries. After searching for all relevant studies, they found 12 studies that met their requirements.

The Expanding Role of Pharmacists in a Transformed Health Care System

National Governors Association

NGA Paper

January 2015

As the health care system eveloves, the role of the pharmacist  is become one of more direct care with recognized participation in the  integrated health care provider teams.