A collaborative effort between the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation and the American Pharmacists Association has proven successful. The organizations hosted a conference to help the health care industry prepare for medication therapy management (MTM) and the coming changes of the Medicare Part D drug benefit program. Conference attendees included chain pharmacy leaders, educators, federal policymakers, and health care experts.
The theme of the conference, Medication Management Services in Community Pharmacy: Planning for Successful Implementation, was designed to ready the industry to implement a set of counseling and patient care services for seniors that have yet to be fully defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
"The goal of MTM is quite simple: for pharmacists to help patients get the best use of the medication?but MTM is not just about Medicare," said Kurt Procter, president of the NACDS Foundation. "Pharmacists are uniquely qualified and positioned, but we're not the only ones trying to deliver MTM services. It's our job to show the role pharmacists can play in those interventions, and in helping save?money and improving health care."