Health Care Innovation Awards: Project Profile


Project title: "Retooling the pharmacist's role in improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs"
Geographic Reach: Wisconsin
Funding Amount: $4,165,191
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $20,448,864


The Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin received an award to better integrate community pharmacists into clinical care teams. This project, expanding the successful Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative (WPQC), will transform the pharmacist's role from drug dispenser to drug therapy coordinator and manager. Participating pharmacists will work collaboratively with members of the health care team to focus MTM services on patients with diabetes, heart failure, asthma, and geriatric syndromes. These patients are typically prescribed numerous medications, change locations of care, and/or are non-adherent to evidence-based therapies prescribed for them. The result of the intervention will be better medication adherence, better medication therapy management, and better health, with a decrease in adverse events and complications and more appropriate, evidence-based medication therapy. Over a three-year period, the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin's program will train an estimated 1,200 workers and will create an estimated 7 jobs. Regional implementation specialists will support community pharmacists across the state to successfully deliver the outcomes of the WPQC program.

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