Community Pharmacists Recognized by Feds for Innovation, Improving Health


The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the second and final batch of Health Care Innovation Awards and community pharmacists were among the grant recipients.

The organizations recognized by CMS will implement projects in communities that aim to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program beneficiaries.

NCPA congratulates these pharmacists practicing in the community pharmacy and other settings on this accomplishment and recognition. The projects raise exciting, new opportunities for community pharmacy.

The CMS grant winners include the following community pharmacy initiatives:

  • Carilion New River Valley Medical Center (Virginia): Improving health for at-risk rural patients (IHARP) in 23 southwestern Virginia counties through a collaborative pharmacist practice model—the care delivery model involves 6 rural hospitals and 17 primary care sites, and will train pharmacists in transformative care and chronic disease management protocols.
  • Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin: Retooling the pharmacist’s role in improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs—through this grant pharmacists will become better integrated into clinical care teams. Regional implementation specialists and clinical pharmacists will train community pharmacists, who will work collaboratively with physicians and other prescribers to improve medication management and adherence.
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo: Pharm2Pharm, a formal hospital pharmacist to community pharmacist collaboration—the program will integrate community pharmacists into hospital and ambulatory care teams and use HIT for decision making support to enhance communication between hospital pharmacists and community pharmacists with the goal of improving care transitions. The result will be a reduction in adverse events, improved medication adherence, and reduced hospitalizations and readmissions.
  • University of Tennessee: Project SAFEMED: improving medication adherence and effective medication use among high-risk patients in Memphis, TN—the program will serve vulnerable adults and seniors insured by Medicaid and/or Medicare who have multiple chronic diseases, polypharmacy, and high-inpatient utilization. Teams of pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and pharmacy technicians in outpatient centers will work with primary care physicians and local pharmacies to provide comprehensive medication management.

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