244918 Role of Pharmacists in the Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 1:24 PM

Debbie Lu, PharmD, MPH , California College of Pharmacy, Touro University, Vallejo, CA
Patricia Shane, PhD, MPH , California College of Pharmacy, Touro University, Vallejo, CA
Across the United States efforts are underway to incorporate the patient-centered medical home model into both for-profit and not-for-profit primary care settings. Implementing this health care home model can be challenging, especially in the current economic state where demands for medical care are high, but resources are scarce. This presentation reports on organizational, structural, and professional characteristics of a multidisciplinary health team that effectively addresses safe medication use, ensures patients' access to medications, delivers critical information on safe use, as well as assuring timely access to current medication information for providers. Lessons learned through implementing this model, which has developed through a partnership forged between a college of pharmacy and a community clinic, will be highlighted. The presentation reports on practice-based strategies that illuminate the role of pharmacists in team-based care settings within a safety net clinic where a complex patient population with low health literacy is served. The process of successful integration of a pharmacist within a multidisciplinary health care team and ways to utilize medication therapy management (MTM) and expertise on drug information is demonstrated, using case studies. A framework is described to assist in creating a structure that maximizes the mutual benefit of each profession to provide effective medical care.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
•Discuss successful strategies for integrating pharmacist into a primary health care home model. •Identify unique roles of the pharmacists within multidisciplinary teams in disease and medication management. •Formulate a plan to replicate the partnership between university/community.

Keywords: Community-Oriented Primary Care, Health Care Delivery

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a clinical pharmacist working in collaboration with the safety net clinic.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.