Medication Therapy Management

What is Medical Therapy Management (MTM)?

MTM is a service provided by a pharmacist for a patient. It is a comprehensive medication review of each prescription the patient is taking. Also included is any OTC product and vitamin. Along with this review the pharmacist asked the patient about disease states and how the medication prescribed is working for them or not working for them. The goal of MTM is to optimize drug therapy and improve therapeutic outcomes for patients.

Why is MTM needed?

It is estimated that 1.5 million preventable adverse events occur each year, the adverse events result in $177 billion in injury and death. MTM is designed to identify and try to prevent these adverse events.

What does this mean to you as a patient?

– Most insurances pay for MTM services.
– Pharmacist will ask specific questions concerning your medications and health, such as:
– Why are you taking these medications?
– Are you experiencing any side effects?
– When do you take medications?
– How do you feel when taking your medications?

After reviewing your health status and treatment plan the pharmacist will then make certain you are taking medications that are best for you and your health. They will make certain you are taking the correct strength of medication at the correct time of day. They will verify there are no interactions and also verify otc, vitamins or supplements are safe

What does this mean to a physician?

– Pharmacist and physician work together as a team for the patients benefit.
– The pharmacist sends to the physician a complete list of medications for the patient (something a physician may never see)
– Physician can use this as a tool for the patients health care

In the next several years patients will continue to see a shift for traditional healthcare to one of service oriented healthcare. The unique postion and accessibility of pharmacists provides excellent opportunities to improve medication adherence and medication use safety.

Biometrics/Wellness Screenings

What is biometric screening?
Biometric screening or wellness screening – patient have their blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglycerides, blood glucose, and BMI, weight measured. These measurements are then compared to normal healthy averages.

What are the benefits of biometric testing?

-Health promotion
-Health awareness
-Health education
Primary reason is that health screenings have been shown to reduce overall medical costs by identifying risk factors and patients that need added health coaching services. Another goal of biometric screening is early detection and intervention. Pharmacists must be certified to provide these services.

Knowledge is power. When you know your numbers you can be in control of your healthcare. Biometric screening is just one more tool to help you as our patient live a healthy life. Employers are paying for this service , and a patient can ask and pay out of pocket also.