- A patient-centric and comprehensive approach to improve medication use, reduce adverse events, and improve medication adherence. An in-depth one-on-one review of all of your medications (prescriptions, over-the-counter, herbal and nutritional.)
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Approved MTM program is one of several requirements for all Medicare Part D Health Plans and must be offered to beneficiaries at least quarterly during each plan year.
– CMS 4/15/13
Memorandum to all Part D sponsors
- The following MTM services must be offered to all eligible beneficiaries:
- One-to-one interventions for beneficiaries and providers,
- An Annual Comprehensive Medication Review (CMR): Interactive, person-to-person consultation performed by a pharmacist or other qualified provider for the beneficiary with an individualized, written summary in CMS standardized format, and
- Quarterly Targeted Medication Reviews (TMR) with follow-up interventions when necessary.
MTM further enables Consultant Pharmacists to be integrated into the LTC Patient Care team
Consultant Pharmacists are clinically prepared in geriatric conditions and have access to provide “whole patient” interventions
One of the consultant pharmacist’s most important duties is to prevent medication errors, adverse drug reactions, and drug interactions. Most importantly, the consultant pharmacist ensures safe, appropriate, effective treatment. The average person older than 65 may suffer from many health problems: arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, poor vision, or hearing loss, among others. Most of these conditions are controlled by medications. But time takes its toll on the human body. Advancing age and long-term use of multiple medications put older patients at risk for unpleasant side effects and other medication-related problems. The consultant pharmacist reviews and manages the medicines used to treat health problems common among older people to help prevent those problems.
Since older people take so many medications, and because the dosing schedule can be complicated, nurses in nursing facilities and long-term care facilities often spend the bulk of their time organizing and administering drugs. But consultant pharmacists design a pre-packaged system for each patient that is efficient, accurate, and organized. It’s a personalized system that ensures each person gets exactly the right medication at the right time. More importantly, it frees the nursing staff to do what they do best— giving careful attention and comfort to each patient.
What makes consultant pharmacists so valuable is the careful, sensible way in which they serve their patients. The consultant pharmacist is the health care professional who can make life better for you and your family. Whether you are an elderly person in an assisted living facility, or a family caregiver, the consultant pharmacist is a trusted advisor. We can keep you informed of your elderly mother’s new drug regimen, consult with you about your aged father’s sudden melancholy, and ease your fears about the uncertainties of caring for elderly parents at home.
The consultant pharmacist is an educator, a comforter, a knowledgeable health care professional, and a family friend. We save money, we save lives, and most importantly, we make life better for a lot of people. And in today’s world, that makes sense for all of us.
America’s Senior Care Pharmacists™