Blue Cross and U-M Health System Initiative Highlights Role of Pharmacists in Integrated Patient Care Teams
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and the University of Michigan Health System announce a first-of-its-kind initiative to integrate clinical pharmacists into patient care teams by collaborating with physician organizations and pharmacists across the state. The Michigan Pharmacists Transforming Care and Quality (MPTCQ) Collaborative Process Initiative (CPI), based on a model developed by Dr. Hae Mi Choe, is proven to support patient treatment goals, adherence, medication costs, and gaps in care and education. This program both contributed to positive patient outcomes as well as create a scalable and sustainable financial model for clinical pharmacy services.
Dr. Choe, Director of Pharmacy Innovations and Partnerships for the U-M Medical Group; Director, Pharmacy Programs Physician Organization of Michigan ACO; and Clinical Assoc. Professor at the College of Pharmacy, was recently honored as the APhA Foundation's 2014 Pinnacle Award winner.
“The pharmacist care model that Hae Mi has developed will serve as a model on how to effectively integrate pharmacist care into medical teams. Her willingness to share her approach and successes with others, as well as develop new practitioners who understand how effectively pharmacists can provide direct patient care within a medical team, is truly admirable,” states Laurie Wesolowicz, Director II of Pharmacy Services Clinical at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
Proper medication use is a key factor in producing positive outcomes in chronic conditions, yet only about 50% of patients take their medications as prescribed. Clinical pharmacists have extensive knowledge and experience in identifying medication adherence barriers and working with patients to provide custom solutions.
Read the whole story at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Value Partnership Update.