Medication Management

Medication Therapy Management

If you awaken in the morning knowing that you had medications to take, go to your pill box and find an entire handful of pills of varying colors and for various purposes, you might be wondering if they are all necessary and if they all work together toward your wellness or if they might actually make things worse. The peace of mind of knowing that your handful of pills all work well together can be achieved through medication therapy management (MTM), which is yet another service of Centric Healthcare.

Medication Therapy Management Services

Medication management services are a part of in-home health care. These services help bring you peace of mind concerning the efficacy of your medications and remove the worries concerning any dangers or side effects that might occur due to drug interactions. The services included fall into three basic categories:

Determining Eligibility for MTMP under Medicaid Part D

There are certain criteria that must be met in order to qualify for medication therapy management program (MTMP) under Medicaid part D and our medication management services can help you with that. In general, there are three criteria for eligibility:
  1. Patient must be suffering from 3 of the following chronic health conditions:
    1. Asthma
    2. Chronic Obstructivr Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    3. Chronic Heart Failure
    4. Diabetes
    5. Dyslipidemia (high cholesterol)
    6. Hypertension (high blood presure)
  2. The patient must be taking at least 8 Medicaid Part D covered medications.
  3. Estimated annual costs for part D covered medications must exceeed a certain dollar amount

Prescription-focused Management

Prescription-focused management is related to any physical interventions which might be necessary in order to carry out the goals and objectives lined out in your MAP. Changes and adjustments will be suggested to your physicians by the pharmacist in order to optimize your prescribed medications.

 

Patient-focused Management

The bulk of medication management services are patient-focused. Patient-focused management includes services like:

Patient-focused management services are the most effective means of being certain that your MAP is being followed as it was intended. When these services are provided, you can have greater peace of mind that you are getting the very best out of that handful of pills you are taking.

What is Medication Therapy Management

Medication management or MTM is a program that is typically coordinated with your pharmacist, which helps to optimize the therapeutic outcomes of the medications that have been prescribed to you. MTM typically includes five core components:

 

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Benefits of Medication Therapy Management

There are a number of important benefits that result from MTM and it is our goal to make certain that you are able to take full advantage of them. Here are the most common ones:

 

What is a Comprehensive Medication Review (CMR)

A comprehensive medication review or CMR is typically an interview, which typically includes a pharmacist. In the interview, the patient reveals all of the various medications and/or vitamin supplements they are taking, whether prescription or over-the-counter, as well as how and when they are being taken. The pharmacist then takes all of the information compiled from the interview and looks for negative interactions between the various drugs, side effects that might worsen other health conditions, and errors in how the medications are being prescribed or taken by the patient.

It is from the CMR, along with a review of the patient’s medical records or PMR, that the medication management pharmacist is able to form an optimized medication-related action plan or MAP which provides the best possible results from the patient’s wide variety of medications.

 

What is a Targeted Medication Review (TMR)?

As health conditions change, either better or worse, changes to medications are often removed, added or altered in an attempt to better effect the changing health conditions. In essence, a TMR is utilized on an annual or semi-annual basis to make sure that the patient’s medication-related action plan (MAP) is still working in the way it was designed. When changes to medications are necessary, the medication management pharmacist utilizes a TMR in order to do a follow-up evaluation of the changes to the patient’s prescriptions.

 
Choosing a home health care service provider can be overwhelming, so know that if you need any information or have questions and concerns about the services available to the residents of Rochester, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding cities of Minnesota, or the qualifications necessary for home care services, please feel free to contact us by phone or online. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can.

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