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U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Briefing

May 05, 2016

May 18, 2016, 3:00 pm

Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318

Sponsored by Representatives Eric Paulsen (R-MN) and Peter Welch (D-VT)

Presented by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists

“Getting the Medications Right”: An essential ingredient in achieving the goals of H.R. 4878 – the Medicare Better Care, Lower Cost Act

Briefing Purpose and Goals:

The briefing will present contemporary care delivery approaches to achieving medication optimization, safety, and effectiveness through formalized interprofessional practice structures comprising physicians and other health professionals working in direct patient care collaborative practice with clinical pharmacists. This approach is increasingly recognized as essential for “getting the medications right” for patients, particularly those with complex and/or multiple chronic conditions and care needs.

Expansion and scaling of practices that can accomplish this goal are consistent with several of the policy goals contained in H.R. 4878, introduced by U.S. Congressmen Eric Paulsen (R-MN) and Peter Welch (D-VT). The bill seeks to improve quality and coordination of care for beneficiaries by supporting enhanced care coordination across Parts A, B, and D of Medicare through promotion of patient-centered “better care programs,” interprofessional practice and education support, and enhanced use of health care technology.

The Briefing Panel

Minnesota Presenters:

Amanda Brummel, Pharm.D., BCACP
Director, Clinical Ambulatory Pharmacy Services
Fairview Health Services
Minneapolis, MN

Mary M. Figueroa, M.D.
Family Physician
Fairview Southdale Hospital
Edina, MN

Vermont Presenters:

Amanda Kennedy, Pharm.D., BCPS
Pharmacist Clinician
University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, VT

Charles D. MacLean, M.D.
Associate Dean for Primary Care and Professor of Medicine
University of Vermont Medical Center
Essex Junction, VT