PharmacistCARE to Receive Best Practices Award

Media Contact: Ann Blackford, 859-323-6363, x230 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2008) − UK PharmacistCARE, a medication therapy management program at the University of Kentucky, has been selected to receive the 2008 American Society of Health-System Pharmacist’s (ASHP) Best Practices Award.

The national competition recognizes innovative and outstanding practitioners in health-system pharmacy.  Recipients of the ASHP Best Practices Award are recognized and present posters of the implementation of an innovative program which improved the quality of patient care in their health system at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting being held Dec. 7-11 in Orlando.

UK pharmacists Holly Divine, Carrie Johnson and Amy Nicholas will receive the award for PharmacistCARE, a unit of the UK College of Pharmacy and part of UK HealthCare.

The UK College of Pharmacy, in partnership with the university’s benefits department, created the pharmacist-administered disease management service for health plan members who include UK employees, retirees and their families.

Currently the program is a free-standing pharmacist-managed clinic located in the Kentucky Clinic, the primary ambulatory care facility owned by UK HealthCare. The nationally recognized program has become a model for employers facing the increasing challenge of providing affordable health care benefits that enable employees to maintain good health at a reasonable cost.

As a result of the success of the PharmacistCARE program at UK, clinical outcomes have improved for persons with diabetes and inpatient and emergency department costs have been significantly reduced.

PharmacistCARE has proven to be an ideal training site for pharmacy residents and students as well as a model for other health care systems that want to create pharmacist-run clinics to benefit their employers and their employees. In addition, the November/December 2008 issue of Journal of the American Pharmacist Association recently included three articles published by the UK pharmacists that describe the development, implementation, and outcomes of the UK program.



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