Comprehensive Personal Medication Reviews
The comprehensive medication review (CMR) is a process where the pharmacist collects information from the patient, identifies medication-related problems, develops a list of medication-related problems, and creates a plan to resolve them. CMRs are typically performed once every 12 months, and maintained throughout the year.
Targeted Medication Interventions
Pharmacotherapy consults are services provided by pharmacists on referral from other health care providers or other pharmacists. These consult services are typically reserved for more complicated patient cases, specifically for patients who have complex medical conditions and who have either already experienced medication related problems or who are at high risk to develop them. A pharmacotherapy consult incorporates the pharmacist’s expertise into achieving desired health goals for patients by promoting safe, appropriate, and cost-effective use of medications.
Chronic Condition Management (Disease Management)
Disease management involves interventions for diseases in which patients work with the pharmacist in their own care. Pharmacists will address drug and non-drug therapy, as well as lifestyle modifications associated with these diseases & integrate the patient into programs that empower them to manage their disease and medications, and thereby reduce healthcare costs and improve quality of life of patients. Diverse disease management programs have been developed for a variety of chronic disease state such as Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, Heart Failure, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease,
Depression and many others
Medication Safety Monitoring
Pharmacists provide medication safety monitoring, where they serve an important role in preventing medication errors and adverse events. Improving the safety of patients is critical to achieve health goals for individual patients. From medication error and adverse event reporting to the collection of data and identification of medication safety on an expanded scale, pharmacists are breaking new ground in ensuring medication related safety. Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) programs are being required more and more by the Food and Drug Administration to address potential patient safety issues.
Personal Health and Wellness Counseling
Pharmacists provide a wide range of health, wellness and public health services to improve care for patients in the communities they serve. Examples of services include screening programs for common disease states (ie. asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease), nutritional planning, weight loss, and smoking cessation counseling. These services help to address the critical need to improve the overall health and wellness of the U.S. Population.
Medicare Part D Plan Consults
Pharmacists can help you choose a Medicare prescription drug plan if you are eligible, and can help you make informed decisions about which plan is right for you or your loved one. By working with a trained pharmacist, costly mistakes and penalties can be avoided, which can provide you with the much needed funds to balance a tight budget.