MTM Study Reports Improved Quality and Economic Outcomes Using Medication Management Systems' Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System(TM)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 General News
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MINNEAPOLIS, March 18 A landmark study published in theJournal of the American Pharmacists Association documents how medicationtherapy management (MTM) services, provided by experienced pharmacists usingthe Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System(TM), produced both improved clinicaloutcomes and lower total health care expenditures. Entitled Clinical andEconomic Outcomes of Medication Therapy Management Services: The MinnesotaExperience (Isetts, et al. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2008;48(2):203-211), theJournal's Special Feature reports on the effects of face-to-face MTM servicesin 285 patients with multiple medical conditions and complex drug therapiescompared against a similar group of 252 patients who did not receive MTMservices. In this collaborative study between Fairview Health Services, BlueCross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, Fairview'spharmacists provided MTM services using a consistent pharmaceutical careprocess that was guided by and documented in Medication Management Systems'(MMS) Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System(TM).

Patients receiving MTM services demonstrated significant improvement indrug therapy goals achieved, drug problems resolved, and selected HealthcareEffectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures improved. In addition,total annual health expenditures were significantly decreased in the MTMpatients when measured against the pre-MTM service baseline. The decreasedhealth expenditures resulted in a 12:1 return on investment (ROI) for MTMservices. In the study, pharmacist usage of Assurance Pharmaceutical CareSystem(TM) was cited as a key contributor to attainment and documentation ofimproved clinical outcomes and lower total health expenditures.

"MMS is proud of the role of our proprietary Assurance Pharmaceutical CareSystem(TM) in supporting pharmaceutical care delivered by MTM pharmacists andin documenting the positive results reported in this landmark study," saidNathan Schultz, Pharm.D., President of MMS. "This important work clearlydemonstrates the value of MTM services provided by well-trained pharmacistsusing a consistent care process."

According to Amanda Brummel, Pharm.D., MTM Operations Manager, FairviewPharmacy Services, "Our pharmacists worked directly with patients and theirproviders using the systematic clinical approach of the pharmaceutical caremodel. Supported by the Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System(TM), they wereable to provide robust MTM services that improved quality indicators andlowered healthcare expenditures for our patients. The 12:1 ROI achievedprovides dramatic evidence of the value of medication therapy managementservices."

About Medication Management Systems

Medication Management Systems (MMS) is a leader in designing, deliveringand implementing, successful, standards-driven medication therapy management(MTM) programs. MMS employs a proven patient-centered pharmaceutical careapproach supported by the Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System(TM) to improvemedication efficacy, safety, and adherence for patients with complex drugtherapies. Visit http://www.medsmanagement.com.

SOURCE Medication Management Systems


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