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Implementing Comprehensive Medication Management – Ingredients for Success

Pharmacists providing effective comprehensive medication management (CMM) services in interprofessional care settings can contribute to improved patient outcomes. Core components of a successful practice include a clearly articulated philosophy of practice, a systematically implemented process of care, and an effective practice management system.  Although much has been written about the first two components, less is known about what is required to create an effective practice management system.

Guest Authors:  Elizabeth Cook, PharmD, BCACP, AE-C, CDE and Leslie Walters, PharmD, BCACP

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Addressing the Concerns and Needs of Transgender Persons

The transgender/gender nonconforming (TGNC) community faces a variety of challenges including access to healthcare, societal stigma, and discrimination. As a profession, pharmacy is well-positioned to reduce and address the barriers to care faced by TGNC individuals and to provide them with positive experiences within the healthcare system. However, formal instruction about this patient population’s social and medical needs is lacking in most pharmacy school curricula.

Guest Authors: Justin Bachman, PharmD and Abby Frye, PharmD, BCACP

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Is a Team-Based Approach in Primary Care Worth It?

A team-based approach to patient care is well established in acute care settings, but not as widely adopted in primary care settings.  Working within a team could have a positive impact on the efficiency of visits, quality of care, workload, job satisfaction, and patient satisfaction. Previous studies in acute-care hospital settings reveal positive outcomes, but there have been mixed results in primary care settings. Are the extra time, effort, and money necessary to change to a collaborative team-based approach worth it? Will it positively impact health care utilization, quality, and cost?

Guest Authors:  Lily Van, PharmD and Courtney Davis, PharmD, BCACP

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Pharmacists Patient Care Process

Our guest, Dr. Melissa Somma McGivney, describes the Pharmacists Patient Care Process and explains why having a consistent philosophy of practice, a consistent process of care, and a sustainable practice management system are critical for success.

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