In Connecticut: Improving Patient Medication Management In Primary Care

Authors, Primary Smith,Marie
Title Primary In Connecticut: Improving Patient Medication Management In Primary Care
Periodical Full Health Affairs
Pub Year 2011
Volume 30
issue 4
Start Page 646-654
Abstract Medications are a cornerstone of the management of most chronic conditions. However, medication discrepancies and medication-related problems-some of which can cause serious harm-are common. Pharmacists have the expertise to identify, resolve, monitor, and prevent these problems. We present findings from a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services demonstration project in Connecticut, in which nine pharmacists worked closely with eighty-eight Medicaid patients from July 2009 through May 2010. The pharmacists identified 917 drug therapy problems and resolved nearly 80 percent of them after four encounters. The result was an estimated annual saving of $1,123 per patient on medication claims and $472 per patient on medical, hospital, and emergency department expenses-more than enough to pay for the contracted pharmacist services. We recommend that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation support the evaluation of pharmacist-provided medication management services in primary care medical homes, accountable care organizations, and community health and care transition teams, as well as research to explore how to enhance team-based care.
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Reference Type(s) Journal Article
Topic Tag(s) Comprehensive Care;Demonstrations;Outcomes
Special Population(s) Medicaid Recipients;Medicare Beneficiaries;Individuals with Multiple Chronic Conditions
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