Published Online: Thursday, November 1, 2007

A new program aimed at helping Medicare beneficiaries in Maryland and the District of Columbia use prescription drugs more appropriately and effectively at their local pharmacies has been launched by the Delmarva Foundation.

The program relies on medication therapy management services (MTMS) in community-based pharmacies to reduce costs and enhance outcomes by "improving patients' understanding of the medications they are taking" and by assigning pharmacists to assess the appropriateness of the drugs prescribed.

The Delmarva Foundation, which is Medicare's designated Quality Improvement Organization for DC and Maryland, is working with pharmacy schools at Howard University and the University of Maryland to implement the new MTM program. "This initiative is a win-win for providers" as well as for patients, said officials at the organization. "Medicare beneficiaries have been able to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of community pharmacists to help them understand their medications and to take more control of managing their own health."

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