Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) October 09, 2013
New research shows that, when offered a Comprehensive Medication Review (CMR) service, patients report that having their regular pharmacy provide the service is a key factor that drives acceptance. The results originate from a survey of MTM-eligible patients and are reported in the September/October issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.
“These results align with our approach of positioning local pharmacists as the primary providers of MTM services, especially the Comprehensive Medication Review,” said Tom Halterman, CEO of OutcomesMTM, a national administrator of MTM services. “When it comes to something as important as their healthcare and, in particular their medications, patients want to work with local pharmacists they know and trust. Not unexpectedly, they are less inclined to share information with a stranger on the phone.”
Another key factor in the acceptance of a CMR that was noted in the research manuscript was out-of-pocket costs. The costs of the CMR and other MTM services today are covered by health plans, rendering the out-of-pocket costs concern a non-factor.
Researchers sought to identify factors that influence patients’ decisions to obtain pharmacist-provided CMRs. An additional objective was to describe patients’ experiences with pharmacist-provided CMRs.
Among those surveyed who had received a CMR previously, patients reported satisfaction with the CMR.
Health plans and pharmacists interested in learning more about OutcomesMTM programs should call 877.237.0050 or visit http://www.outcomesmtm.com.
OutcomesMTM is the national leader in the design, delivery and administration of Medication Therapy Management programs. The company's service line benefits healthcare purchasers by delivering a cost-effective approach to advancing patient care and controlling utilization through the provision of patient-friendly Personal Pharmacist™ services, which advance the Face-to-Face Difference®.