‘The Alliance for Long-Term Care Pharmacy @ Home’ Launches to Improve Care Quality for Complex Patients
WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, over 20 pharmacies, professional associations, and care management groups announced the formation of The Alliance for Long-Term Care Pharmacy @ Home, a collaborative effort to improve the care provided to individuals with complex medical needs living in the community.
While most long-term care facilities have pharmacy services provided to their residents, less than five percent of home health agencies have a pharmacy affiliation, placing patients receiving care at home at higher risk of adverse drug reactions, lapses in medication adherence, and other poor health outcomes. By appropriately aligning incentives in federal policy, The Alliance aims to expand access to care and improve outcomes for home- and community-based patients who are disproportionately susceptible to health care challenges.
“Every year, hundreds-of-billions in U.S. health care spending is related to preventable hospitalizations associated with adverse drug interactions, particularly among individuals living with disabilities or multiple chronic conditions,” said Chad Worz, PharmD, Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). “Long-term care pharmacists are uniquely positioned to mitigate these risks and lower health care costs for these medically complex patients.”
“Modern advancements in medicine have made it more practical than ever to treat patients with chronic health care needs in the comfort of their own homes. These advances, when coupled with appropriate coordinated care, allow patients to remain as active parts of their community,” said TJ Griffin, Chief Pharmacy Officer at PharMerica. “The Alliance will work to align policy incentives to provide essential pharmacy services to this growing population of community-based patients.”
Unlike traditional pharmacies that rely on individuals to come to them, a growing number of pharmacies are meeting patients where they are to provide advanced pharmacy services and support their continuity of care needs. This specialized care includes providing around-the-clock pharmacist access, reconciling medications across multiple prescribers, providing specialized packaging, promoting adherence, educating family members and caregivers, and more. The Alliance is committed to advocating for policies that improve access to care for individuals with complex medical needs and supporting these dedicated pharmacists who provide the highest level of care to their patients.
For more information about The Alliance for Long-Term Care Pharmacy @ Home and our members, visit www.pharmacyathome.org.