Using Commercial Retail Pharmacy Data To Develop a Teaching Strategy for Population Health Pharmacy


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Jefferson Outpatient Pharmacies operate 9 locations across the Jefferson Health Enterprise which includes 5 retail pharmacy locations at the center city campus and 4 others in Abington/Northeast Philadelphia and New Jersey campuses. This capstone addresses opportunities for Jefferson Outpatient Pharmacies to improve outcomes within their Medicare Part D population while reducing financial shrink associated with fees routinely incurred via pharmacy benefit manager remuneration. A background on Medicare Part D, direct and indirect remuneration fees, and prescription drug pricing will provide the necessary preface to help understand how financial hurdles arose. A snapshot of quality metrics help frame the problem facing the retail pharmacy locations along with pharmacy performance data which helps illustrate the need for additional support and subsequently establish a student-driven model for improving quality metrics and patient outcomes. A collaborative approach with Jefferson College of Pharmacy will be explored, including a pilot program utilizing their Introduction to Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) students leading to a transition into their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) program. This APPE rotation will be offered on an elective basis and would include students on track to establish a career in community pharmacy practice. Tenets of population health pharmacy will be addressed, including social determinants which may impede medication adherence, together with new approaches involving cost management, improving access, quality and safety, and an application of economic principles to model a new strategy for managing this growing problem in the retail pharmacy arena.



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