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AssureCare® Develops New Medication Therapy Management Module, Part 1
“Medication Therapy Management (MTM) is a patient-centric and comprehensive approach to improve medication use, reduce the risk of adverse events, and improve medication adherence.”(2) Pharmacists and other providers review a patient’s complete medication history including prescription, nonprescription, traditional, alternative, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. This information is then used to improve compliance and adherence to chronic medications, review side effects and drug interactions, address potential issues to the providers, and educate the patients. Medication mismanagement and medication-related problems lead to an estimated, “1.5 million preventable adverse events occur[ing] each year that result in $177 billion in injury and death.”(1) MTM services are targeted to lower these alarmingly high rates and improve patient outcomes. “In all my healthcare experience I have found that pharmacists are the most underutilized healthcare professionals in America given the depth and breadth of their training. Our solution will allow pharmacists to spend more quality time with their patients in optimizing their medication therapy.” said Dr. Yousuf J. Ahmad, President & CEO of AssureCare®.
1. APhA MTM Central. (2013, October 13). Retrieved from http://www.pharmacist.com/mtm
2. Health Literacy Tools for Providers of Medication Therapy Management. Content last reviewed July 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. Retrieved from http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pharmhealthlit/mtm.html
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