Montana Pharmacist Patient Care Alliance

On November 6, 2015, Carla Cobb, PharmD, BCPP, of RiverStone Health, assembled a meeting in Helena of 24 Montana pharmacists to discuss the important issue of pharmacists’ payment for providing patient care. At this meeting, goals, action plans and future meetings were discussed to further this cause.

This group, the Montana Pharmacist Patient Care Alliance, is working to accomplish the goal of pharmacists being recognized as unique providers that offer a specific service to help patients reach their medication-related goals. Pharmacists do this by reviewing medication indications, effectiveness, safety and adherence. Close communication with patients, discussing their goals, concerns and how they are taking their medications, with a review of laboratory results and vital signs, to develop a medication care plan, allows pharmacists to make a unique contribution to the healthcare team that should be recognized and reimbursed by third party providers.

The goal of the Montana Pharmacist Patient Care Alliance is “To enhance the health and wellness of Montanans through increased access to, and payment for, pharmacists’ clinical expertise and services.”  To participate or ask questions please feel free to contact Carla Cobb at carla.cob@riverstonehealth.org.


Articles of Interest

Pharmacist Patient Care Services Selected Reference List -- Click here to read/download.  Posted April 15, 2016.

Moving Away from Pharmacist Efficacy and Toward Pharmacist Effectiveness: Refocusing Research that Generates Knowledge about Pharmacist-Provided Services
 -- Published by Pharmacy Times on February 16, 2016.  Click here to read.

Physicians Are Leaving Coordinated Care Dollars on the Table -- Published by Physican's Money Digest on February 15, 2016.  Click here to read.
Comment by Carla Cobb, Chair, Montana Pharmacist Patient Care Alliance: Montana pharmacists, please see this article. Pharmacists are eligible to provide this service which the physician bills. This is currently being paid by Medicare and other payers are considering it. I have been told by payers that this is the way of the future. 

Evaluation of Pharmacists' Work in a Physician-Pharmacist Collaborative Model for the Management of Hypertension -- Published by Pharmacotherapy on February 19, 2016.  You will be required to sign in or create a free account with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy to read this article.
Comment by Carla Cobb, Chair, Montana Pharmacist Care Alliance:  An interesting policy paper affecting the future of payment.

Become a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner (CPP)

Montana is one of only a few states that allows pharmacist the opportunity to become a licensed Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner (CPP). In order to be a CPP you must have clinical experience, national certification, a collaborative practice agreement and be licensed by the Montana Board of Pharmacy. If you qualify and have not yet applied, the MPA encourages you to do so. Some of the approval requirements include:

  • Hold an active Montana pharmacist license;
  • Proof of completion of five years of clinical practice or completed a pharmacy residency and two years clinical practice experience;
  • Submitting a copy of an active certificate from the BPS certification, or nationally recognized certification in an area of practice as approved by BME; 
  • Submitting a signed collaborative practice agreement that includes description of supervision the physician will exercise over clinical pharmacist practitioner.
The complete CPP applications process can be found on the Board of Pharmacy website at: www.pharmacy.mt.gov.