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California Right Meds Collaborative
Suboptimal use of medications in the U.S. is responsible for $528.4 billion in annual avoidable healthcare spending. How can pharmacists get involved in fixing this problem, in a way that’s sustainable?
The USC School of Pharmacy and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) are collaborating to launch the California Right Meds Collaborative (CRMC). The USC School of Pharmacy is a national leader in advancing the role of pharmacists in Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM), and IEHP, one of the most progressive Medi-Cal and Medicare health plans in the country, is committed to supporting effective and innovative healthcare solutions. Together, we are committed to developing a network of pharmacists who can deliver high-impact CMM services through a value-based payment model that will serve as a best practice for the other managed care plans in the state and beyond. Starting with a launch meeting at IEHP, the CRMC will spread across the state and into Cook County, Chicago. The meeting will include an update on national and local healthcare priorities, local opportunities for pharmacists to manage high-risk, best practices in delivering high impact CMM, and workshops to develop workflow changes, collaborative practice agreements, outcome measures, and other essential CMM components.
The goals of this program are to: To help participants initiate or advance efficient and financially sustainable CMM services that improve health outcomes and align with payer and other key stakeholder priorities.
Objectives: At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
- List opportunities and challenges for pharmacists in the evolving value-based payment environment
- Describe population health and other high-risk patient programs and incentives in California that rely on team-based care or optimization of medication therapy
- Given a healthcare payer or provider organization, develop a proposal for providing CMM services aligned with the organization’s top priorities
- Develop a CMM workflow that can be deployed in a community pharmacy
- Create a strategy for driving patients towards treatment targets leveraging the unique strengths of a community pharmacy
- Assess roles that non-pharmacy personnel can fulfill to help improve the delivery and efficiency of CMM
- Develop strategies for obtaining key clinical information relevant to CMM service delivery
- Design a process for aggregating, analyzing, reacting to, and reporting key outcome measures
Target Audience: Pharmacists with an interest in learning evidence-based skills to deliver sustainable CMM services for improved health outcomes among patients with chronic conditions