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North Dakota Pharmacists and Medication Management Systems Partner to Deliver Quality MTM Services to Patients With Diabetes

Thursday, August 21, 2008 General News J E 4
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MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 20 Medication Management Systems (MMS)today announced a new partnership with the North Dakota Pharmacy ServiceCorporation -- the result of a legislative initiative that established amedication therapy management (MTM) health benefit for North Dakota stateemployees and other beneficiaries who have diabetes. The MMS AssurancePharmaceutical Care System(TM) will provide North Dakota pharmacists withpharmaceutical care training and technology to guide and document the deliveryof quality MTM services, focusing on improving medication efficacy, safety,and adherence for patients with diabetes and other associated medicalconditions.

"MMS is proud to assist North Dakota pharmacists in delivering a qualityMTM program which will be especially meaningful to patients with diabetes,"noted Nathan Schultz, Pharm.D., MMS President. "Our Assurance System(TM)offers the tools pharmacists need to assess and resolve drug therapy problemsand coordinate efforts across the entire healthcare team to deliver thehighest quality pharmaceutical care to patients."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetesaffects nearly 23.6 million people (eight percent of the population). Based onMMS aggregated experiential data, patients with diabetes have an average ofeight medical conditions treated or prevented with an average of 13 differentmedications. And three-quarters of these patients experience at least one drugtherapy problem, with almost 40 percent experiencing three or more.

"The Assurance System(TM), an innovative and collaborative patient careprogram based on best practices, definitely delivers value," Michael Schwab,Executive Vice-President of the North Dakota Pharmacists Association, said."Its technology standardizes the process of tracking and measuring human,economic, and clinical outcomes. And working with MMS, we are able to offerpatients greater access and choice of pharmacy services through a statewidenetwork of providers."

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. http://www.medsmanagement.com

North Dakota Pharmacy Service Corporation (NDPSC), a wholly ownedsubsidiary of the North Dakota Pharmacists Association, is a member-basedorganization of ND providers. As the overall administrator of the providernetwork, NDPSC provides a value-based service and continues to look at ways toreduce healthcare costs on multiple levels. http://www.nodakpharmacy.net

SOURCE Medication Management Systems
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