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MTM Plays a Critical Role in Improving Patient Outcome and Reducing Healthcare Costs

If ACOs are guided to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs (unnecessary readmissions, treatment complications, etc) then the pharmacists’ provision of Medication Therapy Management, or MTM, is a vital component.

What is Medication Therapy Management?
MTM is an emerging, personalized appointment service provided by pharmacists that optimizes therapeutic outcomes for individual patients. These services may include (but are not limited to) medication review for drug interactions, drug duplication, costs/ incorporation of generics, communication and review with the primary care provider for recommended treatment adjustments; and personalized patient education to ensure proper use.

Why should ACOs incorporate MTM services into their care model?
Experts estimate that in the United States 1.5 MILLION preventable, adverse medication-related events occur each year that result in $177 BILLION in injury and death.  (American Pharmacists Association)

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