Pharmacist eCare Plans: The Care Plan of the Future?

Pharmacist eCare Plans are one specific type of electronic care plan designed to allow pharmacists and other health care providers to collaborate and individualize treatment for each patient. The Pharmacist eCare plan follows the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) patient care process of collect, assess, plan, implement, and follow up: monitor and evaluate. Some goals of the Pharmacist eCare plan include improving health outcomes related to medication use and coordinating care with other health care providers by generating and electronically sharing these care plans.

Advantages of the Pharmacist eCare plan include:

  • Utilizes technology already established in pharmacy workflow
  • Implementation by pharmacies wherever they see fit
  • A standardized data format allowing for quality assurance and interoperability
  • Integrates pharmacists and their medication related care plans into a patient’s comprehensive care plan
  • Option to design care plan at basic or advanced level

Community, hospital, and long term post-acute care settings often utilize Pharmacist eCare plans. As of the end of May 2018, over 235 pharmacies throughout the North Carolina Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN) are participating in a large-scale model test and have created over 30,000 Pharmacist eCare plans.

PHSI predicts that the Pharmacist eCare plan will experience increased implementation in the industry once patient results are published by CPESN based on the North Carolina pilot.  Pharmacist ECare plans may provide an additional revenue source for pharmacies and pharmacists for their roles in the patient care process. The implications of payer reimbursement for the capture of clinical data and an expanded opportunity for pharmacists to validate and cement their role in the patient care process will make the adoption rate of the Pharmacist eCare Plan interesting to follow.

 

Published October 2018

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