Poison prevention and drug abuse education have become commonplace in classrooms throughout the country. Ironically, however, little effort has been made to teach children about medicine in general. Education regarding responsible medication use is fundamental to children understanding both the potential benefits and harm medicines can cause. Katy’s Kids was developed in 1988 as an educational program designed to teach young children about appropriate and responsible medication use. For information and to become involved
Iowa Medicaid/IA Health Link
In an effort to promote medication safety and good management practice, the Iowa Pharmacy Association website has two important resources to assist their members with pharmacy-specific aspects of the Medicaid Modernization initiative.
Through Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management
One of the most important and often overlooked challenges for accountable care organizations (ACOs) is ensuring the optimal use of pharmaceuticals, which can be accomplished by utilizing pharmacists’ skillsets and leveraging their full clinical expertise. Developing capabilities that support, monitor, and ensure appropriate medication use, efficacy, and safety is critical to achieving optimal patient outcomes and, ultimately, to an ACO’s success. The program described in this article highlights the best practices of Fairview Pharmacy Services’ Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program with additional thoughts and considerations on this and similar MTM programs provided by The Working Group on Optimizing Medication Therapy in Value-Based Healthcare.