Coordinated Pharmaceutical Therapy in Chronic Care: Five Innovative Programs (Executive Summary)

Author: The National Pharmaceutical Council

Numerous studies indicate the limitations of a component-based, line item approach to the management of pharmaceuticals. Although some savings in the drug budget may occur through that approach, treatment outcomes may be compromised and overall expenditures are often increased.

According to this report, a much greater potential for improved treatment and overall cost savings lies in the coordination of pharmaceutical care, especially for the elderly and other chronic care patients. This report also includes five case studies that demonstrate how diverse organizations around the country have effectively implemented coordinated pharmaceutical care programs. The organizations featured are the Crozer-Keystone Health System, the Alta Bates Burn Care Center, the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the Palo Alto Foundation Clinic, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

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