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NACDS Foundation funds Rx management research
February 5th, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has awarded research grants to three universities to examine how community pharmacy-provided medication management in care teams such as medical homes and accountable care organizations (ACOs) impact patient health outcomes.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center, North Dakota State University and the University of Iowa have partnered with health care entities to conduct the research projects, the NACDS Foundation said Monday. Each project will be funded by the foundation for a two-year period and be conducted by a doctor-led coordinated care team that incorporates community pharmacy as a partner.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center is teaming up with insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and its medical home, as well as Walgreen Co., to evaluate the impact of medication management on the health outcomes of patients with hypertension and type 2 diabetes. The project will also leverage the Nebraska Health Information Initiative, a statewide information exchange. The project is slated to run for two years in multiple Nebraska communities, according to the NACDS Foundation.
North Dakota State University is working with BlueCross BlueShield of North Dakota and its statewide MediQHome network, Thrifty White Pharmacy, Prime Therapeutics and OutcomesMTM to analyze the impact of integrating community pharmacy and advanced medication management strategies at a patient-centered medical home in North Dakota. The project will operate for two years across North Dakota.
And the University of Iowa is collaborating with Trinity Pioneer ACO, OutcomesMTM, the Iowa Pharmacy Association and 25 community pharmacies to gauge the impact of community pharmacy and advanced medication management strategies at the HHS Pioneer ACO in central Iowa. The project will run for two years across eight counties in Iowa.
The NACDS Foundation noted that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created a health care environment that promotes collaborative partnerships. According to the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), there are now more than 5,000 recognized medical homes nationwide, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cite 250 established ACOs.
"Coordinated patient-centered models are promising forums to drive quality and improve patient outcomes while also reducing public health costs," Kathleen Jaeger, president of the NACDS Foundation, said in a statement. “The primary medical intervention for most patients is medication therapy. Thus, by incorporating medication management strategies into emerging care models, we hope to optimize therapies and evaluate patient outcomes. The NACDS Foundation is delighted that these research grants will contribute to the scientific body of knowledge by testing three innovative medication management approaches in emerging care models.”
In early 2012, the foundation released a request for proposals from research and academic institutions active in the evolution of health care delivery. More than 40 high-caliber proposals were received and reviewed by an independent committee of experts in the fields of public health, health policy, academic research and industry.
"The NACDS Foundation is committed to advancing patient health through innovative research, education and charitable initiatives that advance and improve patient care through community pharmacy," stated Jaeger. "We look forward to seeing the outcomes of this important research and assessing its impact on patient care."