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Medication Management in 2016: Polypharmacy, Diabetes Patients Priorities for Pharmacist-Led Interventions

White Paper Abstract: Medication management is the standard of care that ensures each patient’s medications (whether prescription, nonprescription, alternative, etc.) are individually assessed for appropriateness, effectiveness, safety and ability to be taken as intended, according to the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Eighty percent of respondents to the August 2016 Medication Management survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network have launched a medication management program, and the lion’s share of these initiatives—90 percent—include a pharmacist.

In fact, for more than a third of these programs, the pharmacist has primary responsibility for medication management. Medication adherence is the most common medication therapy management problem, say 61 percent of respondents; general adherence problems are the second most significant reason (apart from a direct patient request) for a pharmacist to be brought on board for medication management purposes.

Individuals with diabetes are prime targets for medication management, say 84 percent, but beyond a clinical diagnosis, patients taking multiple medications are subject to an even higher level of scrutiny, say 90 percent. In comparing medication management consults by pharmacists to those conducted by non-pharmacists, the survey found that while both are most commonly conducted telephonically, consults by non-pharmacists are about 10 percent more likely to be conducted in a face-to-face encounter, such as during a clinic visit.

The three most common components of medication management are education and health coaching (71 percent), a medication needs assessment (69 percent) and pharmacist counseling (68 percent). A pharmacist-driven clinical assessment is the most reliable standard for measuring medication management, say 63 percent of respondents.

Download this HINtelligence report for more data on common medication management tools, use of retail or community-based pharmacists in medication management and how medication management programs are assessed and evaluated.

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