Health Partners Central Minnesota Clinic offers Medication Therapy Management to our patients. Read on to learn more about MTM and decide if it is right for you.
What is Medication Therapy Management (MTM)?
Medication Therapy Management (or MTM) is a service in which pharmacists find areas in a person’s health that could be improved with medication. The goals of this therapy is to improve a person’s overall health while reaching therapy goals and reducing the cost of healthcare.
What are the benefits of MTM?
The purpose of MTM is to provide safe and effective medication. This involves the combined teamwork of the patient, pharmacist, and physician (or other healthcare professionals) working together toward the same goals. It also aims to offer education to the patient about certain medications, disease states, herbal or nutritional products, and training devices such as glucometers or inhalers. Successful Medication Therapy Management will promote the patient to manage their own treatment.
What does an MTM visit entail?
A visit usually lasts 30 minutes to an hour. Patients should bring any medications they are currently taking along to the visit, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies. The pharmacist will go through these medications with the patient to make sure they are appropriate for the patient and their disease. They will also make sure the medication is working well, the patient is safe, and that the patient understands what each medication does and how it affects their health.
Who is a good candidate for MTM?
Any patient on medications is a good candidate for MTM, but these are characteristics of patients most likely to from a visit:
- Polypharmacy (4+ medications or 12+ daily doses)
- Failing clinical markers
- Multiple providers (PCP, specialists, etc.)
- Adherence issues/Negative medication experiences
- Possible side effects/medication reaction
- Transitions in care (recent hospitalization, rehabilitation, nursing home)
- New patients (taking multiple medications) to the clinic
- New / complex medication regimens
- Inability to use medication delivery devices (Inhalers, Injections)
- Medication cost concerns
How does a doctor refer and schedule patients for MTM?
- Ask the patient to schedule with MTM at their provider visit
- Order a consult for Medication Therapy Management
- If the patient is in clinic, introduce them to the pharmacist (if available)
- Encourage the patient to schedule a visit before leaving clinic