As experts in medication management, pharmacists perform direct patient care and assist in the transition from one provider to another, which places them in an ideal position to manage multiple aspects of patient care. Pharmacist-provided care has been shown to reduce drug expenditures, hospital readmissions, length of stay, and emergency department visits. Therefore, pharmacists are expanding their roles as key members of interdisciplinary teams within traditional and non-traditional health care settings.
In 2015, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy founded the Accountable Care Organization Research Network, Services, and Education (ACORN SEED), a team of pharmacy practice faculty dedicated to using innovative approaches to patient care, while providing unique learning experiences for pharmacy students by partnering with ACOs, patient centered medical homes (PCMH), and manage services organizations (MSO) in the South Florida region. Through these partnerships and services provided, ACORN SEED has become a vital player in maximizing shared savings by targeting drug-related issues in these emerging health models.
To advance the profession of pharmacy by engineering novel approaches to healthcare delivery in emerging performance models.
When pharmacists perform at their maximum capacity and realize their truest potential, patient care will be greatly enhanced, and healthcare costs will be strikingly reduced.