Project objectives include creating a pharmacy practice model that fully utilizes the knowledge and expertise of pharmacists to improve patients health outcomes and provide a safer, more efficient and cost effective medication use system. This project will utilize a task force of pharmacists from community pharmacy pilot sites to work to identify and implement regulatory changes, practice considerations, documentation, and communication to providers and patients. Additionally, the collection of data will be used to measure pharmacists performance and patients health outcomes in pilot sites practicing under a new model of care vs. traditional community pharmacy sites. The new practice model is not yet fully defined, but will include increasing the role of technology and pharmacy technicians in prescription dispensing. The new practice model will be a collaboration with patients, health care providers, and payers to share responsibility for improving positive patient outcomes by expanding and integrating clinical pharmacy functions currently underutilized in the health care system.
The “NACDS Optimizing Care Process Guide” presents many of the educational resources that were created, and that have been effectively used, in the NACDS Optimizing Care Program. Through this program, the resources have helped to implement technician product verification models in three NACDS demonstration states—Iowa, Wisconsin and Tennessee. Because of the proven success and potential of these models and materials, NACDS is encouraging other states to utilize the new process guide to help replicate the model more broadly for the purpose of advancing pharmacy care for patients.