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Mountain AHEC Represented on Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Collaborative

A team from Mountain AHEC (MAHEC), Mission Hospital, and the Buncombe County Council on Aging was recently accepted into the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy (PSPC) Collaborative. MAHEC’s Director of Pharmacotherapy, Mollie Scott, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, joins an interdisciplinary team of pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers from throughout the Asheville community to improve care for seniors. Additional team members include Anna Garrett, PharmD, BCPS, Ben Smith, PharmD, Matt Ransom, PharmD, Charlene Williams, PharmD, BCPS, Wendy Sause, MSW, Kay Mantiply-Clark, GNP, Rachel Selinger, PharmD and Rebecca Grandy, PharmD.

Medication use plays an integral role in improving patient care and related health outcomes, therefore; the primary emphasis of this Collaborative is to maximize use of clinical pharmacy services and safe medication practices. This includes coordination of care between community resources, outpatient health center care, and inpatient hospital care settings.

A key component of the Collaborative is to increase awareness of the benefits of clinical pharmacy services among health care providers and to promote the integration of clinical pharmacy services into the interdisciplinary health care team. Teams from across the country will participate in monthly conference calls and quarterly meetings to implement quality improvement in their home organizations using an “all teach, all learn” philosophy.

The PSPC is targeting high-risk patients with multiple medications who are served by a number of providers. Areas of particular interest include:

1. Care coordination among the providers involved
2. Management of the medication process
3. Patient self-management
4. Information control for service and management

The team will focus on prospectively identifying senior citizens who are likely to fall into the Medicare Part D “donut hole.” These patients will receive comprehensive clinical pharmacy services including complete medication reviews, disease state management, medication monitoring, and patient education. In addition, they will have access to their medications during the coverage gap through Mission Hospital’s Medication Assistance Program. MAHEC’s Pharmacotherapy Clinic will work closely with community partners to ensure that patients receive seamless continuity of care. The goal of this project is to prevent any gaps in medication therapy that may occur when patients fall into the coverage gap and are no longer able to afford their medications. The team will assess clinical outcomes and evaluate impact of clinical pharmacy services on hospitalizations.

Pharmacy Collaborative TeamTeam members are, left to right, first row: Anna Garrett, PharmD, BCPS; Kay Mantiply-Clark, FNP; Wendy Sause, MSW; and Charlene Williams, PharmD. On the second row is Ben Smith, PharmD; Mollie Scott, PharmD, BCPS, CPP; Rachel Selinger, PharmD; Rebecca Grandy, PharmD; and Matt Ransom, PharmD.