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MTM Study Reports Improved Quality and Economic Outcomes Using Medication Management Systems' Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System(TM)

MINNEAPOLIS, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association documents how medication therapy management (MTM) services, provided by experienced pharmacists using the Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System(TM), produced both improved clinical outcomes and lower total health care expenditures. Entitled Clinical and Economic Outcomes of Medication Therapy Management Services: The Minnesota Experience (Isetts, et al. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2008;48(2):203-211), the Journal's Special Feature reports on the effects of face-to-face MTM services in 285 patients with multiple medical conditions and complex drug therapies compared against a similar group of 252 patients who did not receive MTM services. In this collaborative study between Fairview Health Services, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, Fairview's pharmacists provided MTM services using a consistent pharmaceutical care process that was guided by and documented in Medication Management Systems' (MMS) Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System(TM).

Patients receiving MTM services demonstrated significant improvement in drug therapy goals achieved, drug problems resolved, and selected Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures improved. In addition, total annual health expenditures were significantly decreased in the MTM patients when measured against the pre-MTM service baseline. The decreased health expenditures resulted in a 12:1 return on investment (ROI) for MTM services. In the study, pharmacist usage of Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System(TM) was cited as a key contributor to attainment and documentation of improved clinical outcomes and lower total health expenditures.

"MMS is proud of the role of our proprietary Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System(TM) in supporting pharmaceutical care delivered by MTM pharmacists and in documenting the positive results reported in this landmark study," said Nathan Schultz, Pharm.D., President of MMS. "This important work clearly demonstrates the value of MTM services provided by well-trained pharmacists using a consistent care process."

According to Amanda Brummel, Pharm.D., MTM Operations Manager, Fairview Pharmacy Services, "Our pharmacists worked directly with patients and their providers using the systematic clinical approach of the pharmaceutical care model. Supported by the Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System(TM), they were able to provide robust MTM services that improved quality indicators and lowered healthcare expenditures for our patients. The 12:1 ROI achieved provides dramatic evidence of the value of medication therapy management services."

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Medication Management Systems (MMS) is a leader in designing, delivering and implementing, successful, standards-driven medication therapy management (MTM) programs. MMS employs a proven patient-centered pharmaceutical care approach supported by the Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System(TM) to improve medication efficacy, safety, and adherence for patients with complex drug therapies. Visit

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