With the cost of healthcare on the rise, the importance of developing strategies to both increase the quality of care provided while simultaneously reducing expenditures is a key area of effort at Affinia Health Network (AHN). AHN is focused on improving the quality of care for the population and lowering overall healthcare costs using the “big 3 +1” approach:
At AHN we are aware the rising cost of pharmaceuticals is a key driver for the overall rise in healthcare costs. Because of this, the AHN Pharmacy Department is working to support the “big 3 +1” approach using the following strategies:
Julie Earby, PharmD is the pharmacist you would meet with for your MTM visit. Unlike other pharmacists, Julie works directly with your provider and because of this relationship, she has access to your past medical history through the same medical record your provider uses and is able to meet with your provider regularly.
Medication Therapy Management (MTM) is an umbrella term that is used to capture a wide variety of clinical services, typically provided by a pharmacist, varying from medication reviews to chronic disease management.
The Affinia Health Network pharmacy team supports MTM activities by offering a variety of services:
With pharmacy-related costs on the rise, the importance of a focused strategy to reduce costs is more important than ever before.
The Affinia Health Network pharmacy team is dedicated to identifying opportunities to reduce inappropriate spend on pharmaceuticals by leveraging pharmacy data & implementing utilization management strategies.
One such strategy targeted at reducing inappropriate spend on Xyrem (sodium oxybate) was featured in the March 2019 BCBS Value Partnerships Update. Check it out here.