Top House Ad

The Use of Clinical Pharmacists in Primary Care Practices

Fellowship Paper - September 2, 2020

Business Strategy

Jackson Norton MBA, MHA, FACMPE
PROJECT SUMMARY

CMS's MIPS/MACRA programs continue to force healthcare providers to document and prove their focus on performance improvement, cost effectiveness, and clinical and quality outcomes. While worthwhile and noble; the operations, data collection, and implementation of these programs can negatively affect already overburdened physicians and practices. Furthermore, non-compliance can significantly decrease revenues. To address these requirements, practices need a solution that not only satisfies CMS's requirements but also contributes to the bottom line and advances care.

There is a growing body of literature stating that clinical pharmacists may help address the needs of practices and physicians to document clinical quality, perform medication reconciliations and drug utilization reviews, and promote evidence based medical therapy. This ultimately decreases adverse events and achieves goals of therapy. As members of the care team, clinical pharmacists can support the level of care that physicians provide to patients. The largest barrier for pharmacists to consistently provide direct patient care in outpatient settings is the lack of being recognized as a “healthcare provider”, like Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants, by CMS. However, given that they are CMS recognized them as “healthcare professionals,” pharmacists can independently provide Annual Wellness Visits, provided that they are practicing under direct supervision, are licensed in their state, and working within their scope of practice. As part of the care team providing direct patient care, pharmacists are able to close care gaps and pay for themselves, therefore expanding the practice's overall capacity. This business plan will explore the use of clinical pharmacists in practices to meet both clinical quality and financial goals while reducing physician burden.



  Download Now

About the Author

Jackson Norton
Jackson Norton MBA, MHA, FACMPE
Executive Director of Operations St Josephs Candler Savannah, GA
X

Shopping Cart

Your cart is empty

Subtotal:
Click here if your organization is tax exempt
X

A State Sales tax exempt certificate must be on file and taxable items cannot be ordered online. For immediate assistance during normal business hours of 7:00am to 5:00pm MT M-Th and 7:00 am to Noon MT on Friday, please call toll-free: 877-275-6462, ext. 1888

X

Checkout

Use two letter code for US states
Use three letter code for country
Use two letter code for US states
Use three letter code for country

Grand Total:
Use two letter code for US states
Use three letter code for country
Saved credit card is required for opt-in to autorenew.

Questions? Contact the MGMA Service Center for assistance during checkout or review our return policy for more information.
X

Confirmation

,
,

Total:
Payment:
Balance:
 

Thank you for your purchase! If you purchased an event, you will be receiving a follow-up email from our Learning Management System regarding the product/event purchased and no further action is required.


Loading...