Medication Therapy Management

Medication Therapy Management: Opportunities in an Underutilized Service

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This enduring material has been approved for [ 1 ] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Original release date: September 22, 2017.

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Continuing Medical Education Credit(s)

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Webinar Overview

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.

Target Audience

This activity is applicable for physicians in primary care. Other groups who are encouraged to participate include physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the need for medication therapy management (MTM).
  2. Describe how MTM benefits patients and providers.
  3. Explain the scope, process and components of MTM.
  4. Explain how to collaborate with MTM providers.
  5. Evaluate how current opportunities coincide with your practice as a primary care provider.

Webinar Presenter

Corey L Edwards, PharmD

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 (WesternU) 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 medications.

Resources for Further Study

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.

Accreditation Statement

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.

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
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.

Disclosure

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.

Contact Information

For questions or further information, please contact: cledwards@westernu.edu or mhata@westernu.edu. For any CME related questions, please contact: isirhan@ph.lacounty.gov.