MTMS Is Available Through Pharmacists

DECEMBER 01, 2004

Community Care Rx and Outcomes Pharmaceutical Health Care have agreed to provide Medication Therapy Management Services (MTMS) through participating pharmacists. Community Care Rx is the first Medicare-approved drug discount card to bring a program of this nature to the market. The management services use pharmacists and/or health care professionals to proactively manage the cost and effectiveness of pharmaceuticals. The services were publicized by the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and are mandated to begin by 2006.

As part of the program, covered seniors will access to specialty trained "Outcomes Personal Pharmacists" in their area and these professionals will help them identify the least expensive and most clinically appropriate medications to treat their specific conditions. The new partnership will improve communication between Community Care Rx beneficiaries and their pharmacists. It will also provide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services a demonstration of an MTMS best practice model for the 2006 Medicare Part D benefit. For more information, visit