The Center for Medication Therapy Management provides comprehensive medication management to improve health care outcomes and limit expenditures. As a collaborator within integrated health care systems among community partners, the Center is dedicated to engaging and empowering patients to take an active role in their health.
The Center also enables student pharmacists to gain clinical knowledge and expertise through the provision of medication therapy management services.
Medication Therapy Management (MTM) optimizes therapeutic outcomes for individual patients. The Center’s MTM program is dedicated to providing annual comprehensive medication reviews (CMRs) for Medicare beneficiaries.
A CMR is a one-on-one discussion with a patient in which the pharmacist reviews all of a patient’s medications including prescription and nonprescription medications, herbal products and dietary supplements. During a CMR, drug therapy problems such as interactions, nonadherence and gaps in patient care are identified and addressed with each patient. The one-on-one discussions also provide a unique opportunity for patients to ask questions or address concerns about their medications.
At the conclusion of the CMR, a personal medication list (PML) is generated and sent to each patient. The PML is a comprehensive list of the patient’s medications (prescription and nonprescription medications, herbal products and dietary supplements).
In addition, a medication action plan (MAP) is generated for each patient. The MAP is a patient-centric document containing a list of actions for the patient to use in tracking progress for self-management. The medication action plan is shared with the patient’s health care provider(s) to ensure effective communication among the health care team.
The Center for Medication Therapy Management has partnered with PharmMD, a nationally renowned provider of MTM services. Through this partnership, the Center will serve as a provider group for the delivery of MTM services to contracted CMS-regulated health plans.
Students participating in the MTM rotation gain competency in identifying, preventing and resolving medication-related problems and effectively communicating with patients and health care providers to optimize therapeutic outcomes.
In this advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE), students develop an array of skills, including comprehensive medication review, patient education, written and verbal communication skills and assessment and documentation of services and therapy.