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 comprehensive medication reviews (CMRs) and targeted medication reviews (TMRs).
A CMR is a one-on-one discussion with a pharmacist 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 interactions, drug therapy problems 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. CMRs occur annually and generally last between 30 to 60 minutes.
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.
Target medication reviews occur quarterly. TMRs allow a pharmacist to address any problems or concerns that may arise throughout the year in an effort to ensure each patient is getting the most out of their medication regimen.
The Center for Medication Therapy Management has partnered with 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 and employer groups.
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.