MEDICATION THERAPY MANAGEMENT
To advance the health and wellness of underserved citizens of Ohio through fostering pharmacists providing integrated medication therapy management in inter-professional, team-based care. Public, private, community, and academic entities will collaborate to provide training and resources to disseminate improved health outcomes.
MTM happens when a pharmacist works with a patient as well as physicians and other health care providers to be sure the patient gets the best use out of the medicines he/she takes. This may include reviewing all the medicines a person takes, checking for how well they are working as well as side effects or drug interactions. Pharmacists may also change how, when, or what medicines a patient is using and educate the patient how to best use their medicines to improve their health.
Pharmacists can spend time with a patient with a chronic disease, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, getting to know how best to help each individual get and stay healthy. Pharmacists help patients take the right medicines, at the right time, at the right dose, with individualized attention and care in combination with lifestyle choices that can improve control of chronic disease.
Medication Therapy Management (MTM) is provided by pharmacists in a variety of ways in all different healthcare settings. Patients may receive this specialized care from a pharmacist in your local community pharmacy, in the hospital, or in a clinic or doctor's office. The pharmacist may talk with a patient through phone calls or during scheduled visits, or he or she may touch base with a patient while they are at the pharmacy or doctor's office for another reason. MTM involves helping patients achieve the best health possible through using the right medicines for them the right way. Pharmacists make this happen by being flexible in the way they connect and care for patients, as well as being accessible in so many facets of healthcare and communities.
The MTM Consortium was created to support expansion and integration of MTM across Ohio to medically underserved citizens. This effort involves collaboration between the Ohio Department of Health, OACHC, the Ohio Pharmacists Association, HSAG, and the Ohio Colleges of Pharmacy.
The mission of Ohio’s MTM Consortium is to advance the health and wellness of underserved citizens of Ohio through fostering pharmacists providing integrated medication therapy management through team-based care. Public, private, community, and academic entities team up to facilitate these efforts and to showcase MTM’s impact on improved health outcomes.
improving chronic disease through mtm
The purpose of this project is to expand MTM provided by pharmacists to patients cared for in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Ohio to reduce the burden of chronic disease.
This expansion is facilitated through an Ohio MTM Consortium that involves collaboration among the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, Ohio Pharmacists Association, Health Services Advisory Group, and Ohio Colleges of Pharmacy.
Phase One engaged FQHCs with distinct pharmacist care models and geographic diversity to measure impact on chronic disease (specifically poorly controlled diabetes and hypertension) through pharmacist-provided MTM. These sites included AxessPointe Community Health Centers (Akron), Health Partners of Western Ohio (Lima), and PrimaryOne Health (Columbus). Twenty months of data shows improvements in chronic disease control. In addition to the improvements, over 1,000 medication-related problems were identified and addressed in over 700 patients.
Data collected from Phase One is feeding into creation of a Phase Two plan that supports expansion of MTM and patient care enhancement in FQHCs across the state of Ohio. Six FQHCs joined Phase Two of the project in 2016. The second phase cohort involves community pharmacy collaborations with FQHCs as well as settings where pharmacists are engaging with the FQHC health provider team through MTM for the first time.
If you would like to know more, please contact:
|Jennifer Rodis, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
||Carrie Hornbeck, MPH
Ohio Department of Health Chronic Disease Section
To get more information or inquire about joining this effort and connecting MTM with medically underserved persons in your area, please fill out an information form.
“I didn’t ask for diabetes, but I knew that I had to ask for help to learn how to live with it. Talking to my pharmacist during the shared diabetes appointment with [my doctor] has literally been the difference between life and death for me.”
– Frankie, from Victor J. Cassano Health Center, Dayton, OH
This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement #6NU58DP004826, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.