The Role Pharmacists Play in Diabetes Care
With more than 100 million U.S. adults diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes, it makes it one of the most common diseases in America. In a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it found that 30.3 million adults in the U.S. have diabetes and another 84.1 million have prediabetes. The report also noted that the rate of new diabetes diagnoses remains steady and in 2015, an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes in adults were diagnosed. With the growing number of people getting diagnosed, patients can benefit from as much help as possible from outside sources.
How can pharmacists play a role in diabetes management?
Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare providers and can be a great tool for patients managing their diabetes. In an article from Pharmacy Times, it says that pharmacists can counsel patients about monitoring glucose levels and managing out-of-range levels. Action plans can also be developed if the patient’s sugar levels drop too low. In under served areas where a nutritionist is not available, pharmacists can also advise on appropriate diet and exercise to compliment medication management.
Diabetes and Pharmacy Software
Having diabetes programs in the pharmacy will not only assist pharmacists in daily duties, but it will help them give patients the proper care for their diagnosis. Care Rx is designed to assist pharmacies to conduct clinical services and run business effectively. With Care Rx’s real-time aggregation of patients’ prescription data, it provides up-to-date information for better clinical assessments.
Diabetes Programs in Care Rx
Care Rx offers two different diabetes programs:
Statins Use in Persons with Diabetes (SUPD)
This program utilizes smart analytics to detect any diabetes patients with recent diabetes prescriptions. This alerts the pharmacists to make recommendations for statin medication, according to PQA guidelines to bridge the gaps in therapy, implemented by CMS plan sponsors value-based service reimbursement model.
This program was created to assist pharmacies to conduct targeted medication therapy to enhance the patient’s health outcomes. Within Care Rx’s Diabetes program, there are clinical assessments, medical history review, care plan, and labs. Each of the core MTM programs is CMS approved formatting and involved in guiding the clinical pharmacists to follow standard of practice evaluating treatment according to disease state evidence-based treatment guidelines resourced from American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), just to name a few.
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