Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmaceutical Care Proving That It Works

Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmaceutical Care Proving That It Works

Article excerpt

Pharmaceutical care is finding success in a Minnesota-based project where community pharmacists are paid for providing pharmacy services.

Who pays? The biggest payer so far is Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota. Another payer is the pharmacy benefit manager Diversified Pharmaceutical Services, which is experimenting with the program on a more modified payment basis with a few pharmacies. Also expressing interest is the state government of Minnesota, on behalf of its Medicaid population.

So reported Brian Isetts, who spoke at the ASHP midyear meeting in Miami in December. Isetts has been involved with a comprehensive pharmaceutical care project through his pharmacy in Redwing, Minn. He said the project has been proving its worth to third-party payers, who have seen the value in paying R.Ph.s to more closely manage patients' drug use to cut health-care costs. The project, part of the Minnesota Pharmaceutical Care Project, has focused on using pharmacists' counseling services to manage patients' drug therapy and reimbursing them or their patient care efforts. Isetts' pharmacy was one of 10 sites involved in the project, which is now being rolled out to 200 more pharmacies in Minnesota plus pharmacies in Iowa and elsewhere throughout the Midwest. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.