When it comes to helping patients manage chronic diseases like hypertension pharmacists are an important part of the care team. They are the medication experts. Pharmacists can help patients find the right medication, or combination of medications to manage their disease. Pharmacists can also work with patients to understand how important it is to take medications as prescribed and set goals for managing their disease.
Several studies have demonstrated the positive impact that pharmacists can have on helping patients manage chronic conditions. You can read more about the important role that pharmacists play on the healthcare team at www.cdc.gov/features/tupd/.
The EPICC Program is partnering in the following ways:
- Pharmacy Environmental Scan – we want to know what pharmacists think about their role in treating chronic disease. What are challenges they face? Where are the opportunities?
- Pharmacy – to – Treat Program – EPICC is working with Intermountain Healthcare to facilitate pharmacists’ treating patients with uncontrolled hypertension. Pharmacists meet with patients, provide counseling, modify medication dosages and follow up with them several times to make sure their medications are working and they have their blood pressure under control.
- Pharmacy Adherence – EPICC supports Public Employees Health Program (PEHP) work to identify members who have gaps in prescription refills in hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol medications and get them back on track and using their medication consistently.
- Pharmacy Referral Policy – EPICC is soliciting proposals from a large pharmacy chain to develop and implement a sustainable referral policy for the Utah Arthritis Program's self-managment workshops offered throughout Utah.