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J Pharm Technol. 2016 Oct 1;32(5):179-184. doi: 10.1177/8755122516660376. Epub 2016 Jul 22.

The Effectiveness of Pharmacist-Provided Telephonic Medication Therapy Management on Emergency Department Utilization in Home Health Patients.

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1
Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, 3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, P: 954-262-1372, F: 954-262-2278, C: 636-219-6237.
2
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Director, Community Pharmacy Programs, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, 640 Eskenazi Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Tel: 317-880-5429, , snyderme@purdue.edu.
3
Purdue University College of Pharmacy, 640 Eskenazi Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240, hwroblew@iu.edu.
4
Associate Professor, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Canada, jsutherland@chspr.ubc.ca.
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William S. Bucke Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, Research Scientist, Roudebush VA Medical Center, Center for Health Information and Communication, azillich@purdue.edu.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Preventable emergency department (ED) use may be targeted with interventions for improving the medication use process, as medication misadventures and non-adherence frequently cause preventable ED utilization. One intervention that could prevent ED visits is Medication Therapy Management (MTM).

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effectiveness of a telephonic medication therapy management (MTM) service on reducing emergency department utilization within a Medicare insured home health population.

METHODS:

This was a secondary analysis of data from a cluster-randomized controlled trial examining re-hospitalizations among Medicare insured patients within forty randomly selected, geographically diverse, home-health centers. The intervention consisted of an initial telephonic medication reconciliation with a pharmacy technician, a telephonic pharmacist-provided medication review, and follow-up pharmacist phone calls. The primary outcome of this analysis was 60-day all-cause emergency department utilization. Patients' baseline risk of ED utilization was calculated, and patients were stratified into quartiles based on their risk of ED utilization. Adjusted odd ratios of ED utilization were calculated.

RESULTS:

Data from 656 patients (intervention n=297, usual care n=359) were available for this study. Overall, the MTM intervention was not associated with 60-day ED use, as 24.4% of intervention patients and 25.1% of usual care patients utilized the ED (Adjusted Odds Ratio=1.11; 95% CI: 0.79-1.57). However, there was lower ED utilization among patients in the lowest risk-quartile (Adjusted Odds Ratio=2.52; 95% CI: 1.15-5.49; p= 0.02).

CONCLUSION:

This pharmacist-delivered telephonic medication therapy management program did not decrease ED utilization overall in a Medicare insured home health population, but may further reduce the risk of ED utilization among patients who are at lower risk of utilization.

Conflict of interest statement

All authors meet the criteria for authorship and the authors will sign a statement attesting authorship, disclosing all potential conflicts of interest, and releasing the copyright should the manuscript be accepted for publication.

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