ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced a $750,000 grant opportunity to conduct research examining the impact of medication management services on patient health outcomes within existing medical homes or accountable care organization delivery models, and released a corresponding request for proposal.
Many public and private demonstration projects exploring patient-centered care teams currently are under way. Medical homes and ACOs are comprised of medical teams, led by physicians, that coordinate patient care across the entire healthcare continuum. Experts have called for the evaluation of medication management as a quality improvement strategy within these models as a way to improve patient health outcomes. Evidence shows that when physicians and pharmacists work collaboratively to optimize medication use, better patient health outcomes are achieved. Currently, poor medication adherence costs the nation approximately $290 billion annually resulting from avoidable and costly health complications, worsening of disease progression and hospital stays.
The NACDS Foundation intends to fund, over a two-year period, approximately two grants to nonprofit research organizations or academic institutions. This research will help identify whether pharmacist-led interventions within team-based healthcare delivery systems improve patient health outcomes.
Selected research projects are anticipated to begin this fall and last approximately two years in duration to capture long-term health outcomes and the impact of medication management services.