Magazine article Drug Topics

Asheville Project Expands R.Ph. Care to Asthma

Magazine article Drug Topics

Asheville Project Expands R.Ph. Care to Asthma

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What started out as a project to have Asheville, N.C., pharmacists help city employees manage their diabetes has been expanded to include workers with asthma. And the city fathers are, once again, paying for those cognitive services.

Twenty community pharmacists are working with 25 city employees to help them manage their asthma in an expansion of the so-called Asheville Project (Drug Topics, Nov. 3, 1997). The Asheville Project was born last year when the North Carolina Center for Pharmaceutical Care (NCCPC) teamed up with Mission+St. Joseph's Health System (MS)HS) and pharmacists in Asheville to conduct a pharmaceutical care pilot program. The initial focus was diabetes, and the results were so positive that the city's director of risk management decided to begin paying pharmacists long before the pilot was due to end.

The new asthma program is following a model similar to the diabetes management effort and using the same billing model. Based on four levels of care under current procedural terminology (CPT) codes, the pharmacists providing diabetes care are paid between $25 and $100 for an initial consultation and from $20 to $80 for monthly follow-ups. …

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