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Changes to the ACA & the Impact on Health System Pharmacy – w/ Dave Harlow, PharmD

We welcome back David Harlow BS, Pharm. D.Chief Pharmacy Officer of Martin Health System. Dr. Harlow received his B.S. in […]

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March 01, 2017 Institutional Pharmacy, Technology

We welcome back David Harlow BS, Pharm. D.Chief Pharmacy Officer of Martin Health System. Dr. Harlow received his B.S. in Pharm in 1992 from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his Doctoral work at the University of Florida.

Professionally, Dr. Harlow joined the Martin Health System as the Chief Pharmacy Officer, coming from Carilion Clinic’s ACO as the Regional Director of Pharmacy Operations for Southwestern Virginia.

Additionally, Dr. Harlow is the executive officer of PharmaDym, a clinical pharmacy consulting firm. His experience also includes retail pharmacy ownership, home infusion and pharmacy benefit management.

The first step towards assigning more responsibility to pharmacists, and thus improving medication adherence, is to identify where your organization may be falling short in terms of adherence. A logical place to start is with chronic patients. This level of patient generally has a complicated medication regimen, which can reduce the chance of full adherence to their prescribed routines. This often leads to multiple office or emergency room visits and higher usage of healthcare resources, not to mention lower HEDIS scores for the healthcare providers they are visiting. With total non-adherence potentially costing the U.S. health system $290 billion annually, the importance of helping chronic patients with adherence cannot be overstated.

The ACA changes the role of the pharmacist as we know it and is redirecting our approach to healthcare delivery. Collaboration between physicians and pharmacists brings the pharmacist out of the basement and onto the front lines as part of the overall care plan.  As chronic diseases continue to rise in prevalence, this collaboration can augment patient involvement, help improve medication adherence, improve cost‐efficiency and alleviate some of the demands affecting the healthcare system. As we move toward a value-based healthcare system, the pharmacist is only becoming more vital to the health of healthcare.

Contact David: Dave.Harlow@MartinHealth.org

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