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New Demo Project

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Demo Project

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New Jersey seeks certified pharmacists for two-year asthma management program for Medicaid patients

The New Jersey Medicaid program is seeking bids for a network of pharmacists certified to provide disease management to beneficiaries with asthma in a two-year demonstration project.

The request for proposal for the asthma disease management project will hit the street this month, said Matt Doria, New Jersey Medicaid budget director. Fee-for-service Medicaid clients with asthma are the target of the project, he revealed at last month's Northeast Pharmaceutical Conference in Absecon, NJ.

Doria expects that bidding for the state contract, which is the first to ever pay pharmacists for cognitive services, will be closed by early May and that the contract will be awarded sometime in July. The pilot project will run for two years, with a built-in option for a one-year extension.

"The project goal is to enhance the asthma patient's quality of life," said Doria. "One of the biggest problems with fee-for-service Medicaid is that those clients have a lot of emergency room utilization and inpatient admissions. We're looking for disease state management to fill that gap, to give them someone to oversee their care and the administration of medications on a regular basis. If anyone is seeing our clients on a regular basis in the fee-for-service world, it's probably the pharmacist. Having that trust level is critical because the program is entirely voluntary. That means patients need someone to encourage them to enter the program. …

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