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 email@example.com.
Pharmacist Patient Care Services Selected Reference List -- Click here to read/download. Posted April 15, 2016.
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.
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:
The complete CPP applications process can be found on the Board of Pharmacy website at: www.pharmacy.mt.gov.