MOORESTOWN, N.J., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the growing demand for solutions to the problem with medication use in the United States, a group of entrepreneurs has established Tabula Rasa Strategies(TM), LLC (TR-Strategies(TM)), a pharmaceutical care consulting firm with over 25 years experience in pharmacy practice, to help organizations develop strategies to implement pharmaceutical care, and "Inspire Pharmacists to Practice Successfully with Meaning(TM)."
"Numerous studies have established the clinical, humanistic, and economic outcome benefits of having pharmacists positioned as medication management experts and their role in pharmaceutical care practice. Yet, except in closed healthcare systems such as the VA or Kaiser Permanente, pharmacists' expertise has not been leveraged in a way that benefits patients and other healthcare providers," said Calvin Knowlton, BSPharm, MDiv, PhD, Founder & CEO, TR-Strategies. "The concept phase of pharmaceutical care has been a tremendous success. It is now time to fully leverage pharmacists as pivotal members of the healthcare team. We believe that positioning pharmacists as medication management experts in the provision of pharmaceutical care will result in marked reduction in healthcare costs as a result of reducing the problems of medication use through education, monitoring, and tracking of patient outcomes. Positioning pharmacists to positively affect patient care is our core competency."
"While Congress may have recognized the value of pharmacists when they included 'Medication Management Services' (MTM) in Medicare Part D, the model of care, as well as a pharmacist-centric mandate, were not well-defined. This has led to the implementation of marginalized program offerings to meet the Part D requirement for MTM services, with no system or method of measuring the outcome of this $50 billion per year benefit for Medicare Beneficiaries," said President, Orsula Voltis Knowlton, PharmD, MBA. "Patient compliance or adherence, often looked to as medication-related outcome measure, is not the primary issue related to the inappropriate use of medication. With better selection and monitoring, adherence would be very much a secondary issue, mostly related to the cost of medications, not their side-effects. Pharmacist-driven medication management helps patients avoid medication problems by assuring the appropriate use of medication, prior to taking them, and through ongoing patient monitoring in partnership with the patient, prescriber and other care providers."
"Automating the dispensing functions of pharmacy is a key strategy that enables clinically trained pharmacists to work with other healthcare providers to focus on patients, and not pills," said Jim Goers, RPh, also a member of the TR-Strategies team. "Pharmacy automation reduces the risk of human error in the dispensing process and increases resources available for clinical functions, but does not assure that the medication itself is appropriate for the patient. This is the role of the pharmaceutical care practicing pharmacist -- assuring appropriate medication selection."
The most recent study of the cost of medication-related morbidity and mortality found that $177 billion was spent in the year 2000 to treat the problems associated with medication, which is more than was spent on the cost of medications themselves, according to the Cost of Illness Model, published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 2001, by Ernst and Grizzle. Numerous studies have been published that underscore the benefits of clinical pharmacist-driven pharmaceutical care including reduced overall costs of healthcare, fewer emergency room and physician visits, and initial or extended hospitalizations. American Pharmacist Foundation Projects such as Project ImPACT, the Asheville Project, the Patient Self-Management Program for Diabetes and the Diabetes 10 City Challenge have found improved patient outcomes and reduced overall costs as a result of community pharmacist-driven pharmaceutical care.
Tabula Rasa Strategies(TM), LLC, is a pharmaceutical care company collaborating with clients to assess specific needs in order to frame a provision of consulting, strategic, and educational solutions in the following areas: Pharmaceutical Care, Applied Ethics, Spirituality and Healthcare, Leadership in Pharmacy, Pharmacy Automation and Operations, Pharmacy Speakers Bureaus, Organizational Management and other strategically focused consulting services. For more information about TR-Strategies visit http://www.tr-strategies.com, e-mail TRInfo@TR-Strategies.com or call 856-273-7534. For more information about medication management and pharmaceutical care, visit http://www.pharmacists.com/mtm.
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