Medication Therapy Management: Opportunities in an Underutilized Service
This webinar has been approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Original release date: July 26, 2017. Reviewed: July 23, 2018. Termination date: July 26, 2020.
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This presentation will outline what medication therapy management (MTM) is, its benefits, how it works, and how primary care provider (PCPs) can get involved. The webinar will cover which patients are eligible and likely to benefit from MTM. This information can help PCPs to address patient barriers to receiving MTM and collaborate with pharmacists to achieve proven outcomes.
Background - In recent years pharmacists have increased their role as clinicians in varying capacities, such as warfarin monitoring and disease state management. These services are generally integrated into a health system and are mandated through protocols but there has been less utilization of pharmacy services independent of health systems, such as community-based MTM. MTM is medical care aimed at reviewing patients’ medication profiles in order to optimize drug therapy and improve therapeutic outcomes. Studies have demonstrated these services to be cost-effective and to achieve therapeutic goals. Still, community-based MTM utilization is low (8% of eligible patients). Patient barriers to participation include a lack of awareness of MTM and perceived conflict with PCP recommendations.
This activity is applicable for physicians in primary care. Other groups who are encouraged to participate include physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses.
At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify the need for medication therapy management (MTM).
- Describe how MTM benefits patients and providers.
- Explain the scope, process and components of MTM.
- Explain how to collaborate with MTM providers.
- Evaluate how current opportunities coincide with your practice as a primary care provider.
Corey L Edwards, PharmD
Corey Edwards, PharmD graduated from San Diego State University in 2010 (B.S. in Chemistry) and Western University of Health Sciences (Western University) in 2015 (PharmD) where he received his medication therapy management (MTM) certificate. As a graduate student, he gravitated toward community pharmacy, independent ownership, and the opportunities in novel business models. He is currently a Post Graduate Year 2 Pharmacy Informatics Resident at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Diego.
Residency has provided Dr. Edwards experiences in business management, disease state management, community service, teaching, professional advocacy, and research. He has performed MTM for a military hospital, Medicare health plan (telephonically), chain retail pharmacies, a patient centered medical home, and a college of pharmacy. Dr. Edwards has also helped deliver the MTM certificate program at WesternU.
He plans on exploring all methods of improving pharmacy
revenue and patient outcomes above and beyond dispensing
Resources for Further Study
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “High Blood Pressure.” Resources can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/index.htm.
- Butler et al. “Comprehensive Medication Management Programs: Description, Impacts, and Status in Southern California, 2015.” Information and resources can be found at: https://archive.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cdcb/Documents/CMMWhitePaperCDPH2015Dec23FINALrev.pdf.
- Hales et al. “Hypertension Prevalence, Awareness, Treatment, and Control Among Adults Aged >18 Years – Los Angeles County, 1999-2006 and 2007-2014.” MMWR (August 2017) 66(32):846-849. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6632a3.htm
- Barragan et al. “Pharmacist-Driven Strategies for Hypertension Management in Los Angeles: A Community and Stakeholder Needs Assessment, 2014-2015. Prev Chronic Dis 2017;14:160423. https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2017/16_0423.htm.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) through the joint providership of The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Western University of Health Sciences. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nurses receive a Certificate of attendance. This activity is designated for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. According to the California Board of Registered Nursing, the Continuing Medical Education is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements, as long as the course is Category 1, and has been taken within the appropriate time frames.
Corey L Edwards, PharmD, was employed by Ralphs pharmacy prior to June 14th, 2017. He no longer holds any financial ties to Ralphs. Dr. Edwards has used the best available evidence without commercial or brand-name endorsements in this presentation.
No other planners involved in the planning or creation of this activity disclosed any relevant financial relationships
This activity is offered by an accredited CMA-CME provider and is not commercially supported.