A Clinical Pharmacist is another member of the MACIPA team who supports physicians and patients. Our Pharmacist provides information and advice to physicians about alternative and less expensive medications, educates physicians about new and existing drugs and disseminates and interprets individual and group prescribing data. Pharmacy costs and co-payments have increased substantially in recent years, with multiple payment tiers depending on the product and benefit design of the patient’s insurance. Reviewing the medication information on an individual patient basis, our Pharmacist is able to suggest possible substitute medicines that will be as effective while costing less. The prescribing physician decides whether a different medicine would be appropriate for the patient. This information is highly valued as another way to improve quality and control health care costs.
Our Pharmacist is supported by a Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee of physicians and medical directors who are both community and academically based. The Committee strives to optimize the balance between evidence-based medicine and fiscal responsibility. The Committee has developed a Universal Drug Formulary which provides physicians a single reference for drug-therapy decision-making for all patients, regardless of insurer. The formulary eliminates the need for physicians to reference the many, often conflicting, formularies provided by insurers. The physicians on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee have chosen the medications they consider to be the most effective and efficient financially. Our Pharmacist works closely with physician leaders and medical directors and is significantly involved with the Quality Improvement and Care Management departments to develop new strategies to improve the quality of care.