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Michigan Pharmacists Transforming Care and Quality: Developing a Statewide Collaborative of Physician Organizations and Pharmacists to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs.

Choe, Hae Mi; Lin, Alexandra Tungol; Kobernik, Kathleen; Cohen, Marc; Wesolowicz, Laurie; Qureshi, Nabeel; Leyden, Tom; Share, David A; Darland, Rozanne; Spahlinger, David A.
J Manag Care Spec Pharm ; 24(4): 373-378, 2018 Apr.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29578853

BACKGROUND:

Inappropriate drug use, increasing complexity of drug regimens, continued pressure to control costs, and focus on shared accountability for clinical measures drive the need to leverage the medication expertise of pharmacists in direct patient care. A statewide strategy based on the collaboration of pharmacists and physicians regarding patient care was developed to improve disease state management and medication-related outcomes. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) partnered with Michigan Medicine to develop and implement a statewide provider-payer program called Michigan Pharmacists Transforming Care and Quality (MPTCQ), which integrates pharmacists within physician practices throughout the state of Michigan. As the MPTCQ Coordinating Center, Michigan Medicine established an infrastructure integrating clinical pharmacists into direct patient care within patient-centered medical home (PCMH) practices and provides direction and guidance for quality and process improvement across physician organizations (POs) and their affiliated physician practices. The primary goal of MPTCQ is to improve patient care and outcomes related to Medicare star ratings and HEDIS measures through integration of clinical pharmacists into direct patient care. The short-term goal is to adopt and modify Michigan Medicine's integrated pharmacist practice model at participating POs, with the long-term goal of developing a sustainable model of pharmacist integration at each PO to improve patient care and outcomes. Initially, pharmacists are delivering disease management (diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia) and comprehensive medication review services with future plans to expand clinical services. OBSERVATIONS In 2015, 10 POs participated in year 1 of the program. In collaboration with the MPTCQ Coordinating Center, each PO identified 1 "pharmacist transformation champion" (PTC). The PTC implemented the integrated pharmacist model at 2 or 3 practice sites with at least 2 practicing physicians per site. IMPLICATIONS MPTCQ is a unique collaboration between a large academic institution, physician organizations, a payer, and a statewide coordinating center to improve patient care and address medication-related challenges by integrating pharmacists into a PCMH network. Pharmacists can actively provide their medication expertise to physicians and patients and optimize quality measure performance. DISCLOSURES This project was funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Choe and Spahlinger are employees of Michigan Medicine. Tungol Lin, Kobernik, Cohen, Qureshi, Leyden, and Darland are employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. At the time of manuscript preparation, Share and Wesolowicz were employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Study concept and design were primarily contributed by Choe, along with the other authors. Choe, Tungol Lin, and Kobernik collected data, and data interpretation was performed by Choe, Tungol Lin, Cohen, and Wesolowicz. The manuscript was written primarily by Choe, along with Tungol Lin and assisted by Kobernik, Cohen, Leyden, and Qureshi. The manuscript was revised by Leyden, Spahlinger, Share, and Darland. Material from this manuscript was previously presented as an education session at the 2016 AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting; April 19-22, 2016; San Francisco, California.