A Proven Formula for Improving Outcomes, Increasing Medication Safety, and Reducing Healthcare Costs: Demonstrating the Value of Integrating Clinical Pharmacy Services into the Patient Care Team (6/24/2020)

Date: June 24, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM ET

Description: The United States health care system is experiencing an unprecedented paradigm shift with payers and larger organizations changing focus from volume to value. Regardless of the setting, clinical pharmacists bring tremendous value to patients, organizations, and payors by improving outcomes, ensuring medication safety, and decreasing health care costs. This session will review current challenges in the delivery of high-quality pharmaceutical care to persons in the PALTC continuum. A pilot project pairing high-risk patients with the services of a clinical pharmacist will be presented and the results will be discussed. An evidence-based framework will be outlined for providers looking to enhance current services by developing a person-centric, multidisciplinary, outcomes-based clinical model for their patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the growing public health concern and costs associated with medication-related problems and non-adherence.
  • Discuss the pharmacist-led comprehensive medication review process and how it can help close gaps in care.
  • Analyze the impact of pharmacist interventions on patient outcomes and associated health care costs.
  • Implement a person-centric medication management program to bring added value to patients, payers, and organizations.

Speaker: Karmen Stephens, Pharm.D., BCGP

Dr. Karmen Stephens is an executive level clinical pharmacist and value-based payment subject matter expert with 20 years of experience in a variety of pharmacy practice settings. Over the past 9 years, her primary clinical focus has been high-risk populations, with a particular interest in geriatrics and patients with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Dr. Stephens holds active memberships in the Health Information and Management Systems Society, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine . She is currently the vice president of clinical for Consana and is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and clinical development.

Disclosure Information: Dr. Karmen Stephens is the vice president of clinical for Consana, the company that funded this project.