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PCMH Information and White Paper

The Pharmacists Role
in the
Patient-Centered Medical Home


The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) believes that pharmacists can and should play an important role in the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and as a result formed a Work Group to develop a white paper around the opportunities, programs, and recommendations for the pharmacist in the PCMH.  PPA is encouraging physicians and other healthcare professionals, as well as payers, legislators, policymakers, and others to learn more about how integrating pharmacists into the PCMH can make sense through improving quality of care and decreasing unnecessary healthcare expenditures.

A brief Executive Summary of this white paper is available, as well as the complete document.  Please see below for more details.

Executive Summary

Complete White Paper - The Pharmacists Role in the Patient-Centered Medical Home

Like more information on the PCMH and the Pharmacists' Role? 

Additional information is available through a web conference and print information from the the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in collaboration with the American Pharmacists Association, Evidence-Based Medicine for Pharmacists in the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

Related Activities/Programs

The Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM) is a nonprofit organization that has expanded and accelerated the work of the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC).

Participating AIMM Collaborative (AIMMc) teams are undertaking a groundbreaking effort to coordinate health care by integrating comprehensive medication management services into the care and management of high-risk patients suffering from multiple chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.  AIMMc teams use evidence-based practices that significantly improve patients’ health and safety. They support patients and providers by coordinating medication use and achieving desired clinical parameters, such as lower blood pressures and target A1C levels.

Teams are interprofessional in their design.  Teams commonly are comprised of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, quality improvement personnel and health care administrators.  Teams also frequently represent more than one organization, bringing a community-based approach to their improvement efforts.  Teams frequently include health care organizations, social service entities, quality improvement organizations and academic institutions – all working in partnership to ensure that medications are used safely and effectively.

AIMM has already established teams in more than 60 communities nationwide. AIMM will continually highlight the success and cost-effectiveness of this integrated approach to care and work to establish more AIMMc team sites across the country.

Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice - A Report to the U.S. Surgeon General 2011

CDC Touts the Benefits of Partnering with Pharmacists CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has released what could be a very influential document lauding the benefits of partnering with pharmacists. The Guide for Public Health - Partnering with Pharmacists in the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases explains both the importance of and how CDC grantees can build relationships with pharmacists. Access the Guide under “More Featured Items” on CDC’s Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention website


Important to pharmacy, the Executive Summary provides in part:

The role of the pharmacist has expanded beyond just dispensing medications and is evolving into active participation in chronic disease management as a part of team-based care. Programs addressing chronic diseases in state health departments and communities can build team relationships through public and private partnerships. We intend for this guide to serve as a starting point for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grantees to build these relationships with pharmacists and other strategic stakeholders.

The Guide goes on to reference:

CDC’s Guide is an important advocacy tool for all pharmacists. In a single document, CDC highlights a number of resources that showcase the good work pharmacists perform for their communities and why CDC grantees should partner with the medication expert on the health care team. All pharmacists should read and use this important document. 

To learn more, visit CDC’s website. Also, read our article on pharmacist.com


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