We are working to promote the integration of pharmacists into the care team to prevent and manage high blood pressure and diabetes through the Chronic Disease Prevention Pharmacy Integration Initiative. Evidence shows that utilizing pharmacists as part of a care team improves medication adherence, one of the key components for management of high blood pressure.
- Patient resources:
- The Rx for the National Diabetes Prevention Program: Action Guide for Community Pharmacists is a guide for pharmacists to engage with the National Diabetes Prevention Program,with guidance on everything from promoting awareness to offering the program.
- Medication adherence:
- Clinical Pharmacy Resource Toolkit - Clinical pharmacists practicing within the healthcare team and providing direct patient care improve patient outcomes. We have developed a wealth of resources, including CDTM protocols, CDTM agreement template, and the different care models to integrate clinical pharmacists into the primary care team.
One of the best ways to manage chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes is to ensure the effective use of medications through a focus on medication adherence and optimization, supports that community pharmacists are uniquely qualified to provide. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and RxPlus, the state association for independent community pharmacy, partnered again on a 2015 survey to better understand the current state of pharmacy practice.
Colorado Regional Care Collaborative Pharmacy Integration Project (RCCOPIP)
In 2014, partners from CDPHE, the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, Regis University School of Pharmacy and Integrated Community Health Partners, the Medicaid RCCO in southern Colorado partnered on an effort to map and create a system for pharmacy integration into the RCCO care model. This project is currently in progress and is scheduled to continue through 2016. View the community pharmacy strategy project map.
View the presentation slides from Colorado's presentation at Strategic Solutions Network's MTM and Medication Adherence Innovations Summit, October 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Pharmacists in southern Colorado are recognized for integration work.