Published February 14, 2023
Christopher Daly, PharmD, MBA, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, and David Jacobs, PharmD, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, have received funding from the Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF), an organization advancing pharmacy practice and patient care delivery through grant funding and resource sharing, to study national best practices for partnerships between payors and clinically integrated networks of community pharmacies to advance patient care program implementation and evaluation.
To further support these efforts, Daly and Jacbos are also partnering with the Academia-CPESN Transformation (ACT) Pharmacy Collaborative, an operational learning and acting collaborative between schools of pharmacy and established clinically integrated networks of community-based pharmacies, to help secure CPF grants to promote novel community pharmacy initiatives at pharmacy schools across the country including: University of Pittsburgh, The University of Iowa and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Daly and Jacobs along with collaborators from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the ACT team will be leading national outreach to outline a blueprint for patient care program design and best practices to identify payor data gaps and enhance program diversity. This strategic outreach will also link less engaged independent community pharmacy networks, allowing for enhanced patient care and improved marketplace outcomes within their networks. CPESN currently supports over 75 state and national contracts which the team will use to conduct needs assessments and other data analysis.
“Interviewing program coordinators leading community pharmacy patient care programs will allow us to learn more about what successes are needed to implement and execute such collaborations,” says Daly.
The knowledge gained from assessing payor data and its impact on patient care programs, will enhance patient outcomes, payor collaboration and program design, while also enhancing national dialogue amongst clinically integrated community pharmacy networks and the patients they serve. The proposed blueprint will be designed and available nationally, allowing community pharmacies access to enhanced data and resources to assess and implement patient care program opportunities.
Daly and Jacobs will also be using this national project to expand the school’s Pharmaceutical Health Services and Outcomes Clinical Research Fellowship. This is one of several pharmacy service projects their team is leading to advance the development of community pharmacy practice.