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APhA released a new edition of its Pharmacist Patient Care Services Digest at its 2016 Annual Conference. The organization highlighted four findings from the 2016 Digest:

  1. Pharmacists’ services are expanding.
  2. Confidence in pharmacists’ ability to deliver these services continues to grow.
  3. Pharmacists are improving access to care, reducing gaps in patient care, and improving performance for health plans.
  4. Work systems and processes are being aligned with desired outcomes of care.

The Digest includes a rundown of the current state of professional initiatives to advance provider status for pharmacists, as well as a very useful data set from responses a 2015 survey, The Perspective of Pharmacists Providing Patient Care Services.

Perhaps not surprisingly, medication management was reported as the most commonly provided service.

The 2016 Digest also includes four profiles of how pharmacies are developing and deploying innovative patient care models. Highlighted are:

The Hawaii Pharm2Pharm Service model

The Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative

Community Care of North Carolina

Efforts to Implement Provider Status in Washington State

There’s a lot going on, and APhA’s 2016 Digest is a great resource and reference to make sure you know where the profession is going, as well as to give you good data for talking with decision makers who impact pharmacy. It’s definitely worth a read.