Medication Therapy Management for Seniors


Introduction to Medication Therapy Management

Medication therapy management, or MTM, is a term used to describe, “a broad range of healthcare services provided by pharmacists, the medication experts on the healthcare team.” These services include, but are not limited to: medication therapy reviews, disease state management, immunizations and public health initiatives. The purpose of all of these activities is to help patients benefit the most from their medication regimens, specifically by “identifying, preventing, and resolving medication-related problems.” MTM is performed by pharmacists in almost all healthcare settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices and onsite at community pharmacies. Health insurance companies provide reimbursement to pharmacies and pharmacists who provide MTM services to patients. Many patients feel that the pharmacist is only responsible for filling prescriptions, but MTM services demonstrates that pharmacists are capable of doing so much more to improve the

health of their patients!

What a Pharmacist Provides

Pharmacists providing MTM services use their knowledge and expertise in drug therapy to positively impact medication usage and the management of diseases. MTM services can be provided in person (i.e., providing one-on-one consultation for medication-related problems, providing a shingles shot, or testing a patient’s blood to determine how well a medicine is working), or sometimes over the phone. Examples of the types of things a pharmacist will do within MTM services are the following:

  • Provide patients with tools to improve their adherence to medications (medication non-adherence costs the U.S. upwards of $300 billion annually)
  • Contacting physicians to adjust medications to eliminate side effects or reduce cost while still getting the same or even more health benefit
  • Helping patients with dietary and lifestyle changes to supplement the benefit of medications in treating diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and many others.
All of these services are provided by pharmacists with the overarching goal to improve patients’ health and reduce healthcare costs.

 

 

Michigan Pharmacists Association: Delivery of MTM Services

Pharmacist Learning Objectives: At the end of this home study activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify how to register to deliver MTM services through the CHAMPS system used by theMichigan Department of Health and Human Services.
  2. Identify eligible Michigan Medicaid Beneficiaries who are able to receive and benefit from these services.
  3. Discuss proper techniques for approaching and managing patients based on their medication needs.
  4. Appropriately document and bill for services provided to Michigan Medicaid beneficiaries in compliancewith Michigan Medicaid Guidelines including the use of CPT and ICD-10 codes.
  5. Describe the process of billing an MTM service through the CHAMPS system.

A Team Based Approach Training Modules: Module 1: How to Develop a Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration 

A Team Based Approach Training Modules: Module 2: Medication Therapy Management Reimbursement and ROI

A Team Based Approach Training Modules: Module 3: Best Practices for Addressing Workflow, Resources, and Challenges

 

 

 

4 Medication Safety Tips for Older Adults: Learn how to use medicines safely and avoid unwanted side effects and interactions as you age.

Older Adults and Medication Safety: In the publication Medicines and You: A Guide for Older Adults, the Federal Drug Administration recommends the following tips for the safe use of medications.

Ten Tips For Ensuring Medication Safety: Avoiding the risk of interactions, to understanding and following instructions for storage and dosing. The following suggestions may help to ensure safe and effective use of medications

BeMedWise Seniors: Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for older adults: The toolkit provides educational materials on avoiding medicine mishaps, managing side effects, and improving medicine use knowledge.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About a New Medicine:

  • What Are Medicines? What Are Drugs?
  • What You Need to Know About Your Medicines
  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor About a New Medicine
  • How Can a Pharmacist Help?
  • Side Effects
  • Keeping Track of Your Medicines
  • Taking Medicines Safely
  • Can I Get Addicted to Pain Medicine?

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Blood Thinner Pills: Your Guide to Using Them Safely:

Be More Engaged in Your Healthcare

Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe.

Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe.

Adverse Drug Events in Adults

Safe Use of Medicines: Take Your Medicines the Right Way--Each Day!

What medicines do I need to take? Each day, follow this schedule: Medicine Reminder Form

Why You Need to Take Your Medications as Prescribed or Instructed

Stop - Learn - Go: Tips for Talking with Your Pharmacist to Learn How to Use Medicines Safely: Points to discuss with your pharmacist and other healthcare providers

Medication Guides: Providing information on proper drug use, safety, and storage

6 Tips to Avoid Medication Mistakes: Avoiding Medication Mistakes

My Medicine Record: Medicine Record Document

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