Pharmacist-Led Medication Therapy Management Innovations Friday, September 9, 2016

Managing multiple medications can be a complex process, especially for at-risk patients with chronic conditions. Evidence shows that clinical pharmacists can improve patient care and in some cases, lower costs by helping patients manage their medications (an approach known as medication therapy management or MTM). In addition, applying MTM, pharmacists can help patients better manage their chronic conditions (e.g. diabetes and hypertension) by improving medication adherence, reducing potential drug interactions, and ensuring that patients get the services they need.

The featured Innovations describe both a statewide consortium that provided a shared learning community and other support to help federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) offer pharmacist-led MTM services to at-risk patients; and a companion profile about how a participating FQHC implemented its pharmacist-led medication therapy program.

The featured QualityTools include resources and tools that can support the provision of MTM services and improve medication safety.
This issue also includes a featured Perspective, Convening a Learning Community to Advance Medication Therapy Management for At-Risk Populations, based on an interview with the Innovations Exchange MTM Learning Community's champions and expert faculty. The MTM LC specifically explored interprofessional care in ambulatory care settings, particularly within clinics that serve at-risk patients with both chronic health conditions and socioeconomic complexity.

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