Outpatient Settings Need Pharmacists, But Lack of Reimbursement Makes That Tough

About three years ago it became clear to the leadership team at RWJBarnabas Health that pharmacists were needed in its ambulatory clinics. Its providers—and the system overall—are increasingly participating in value-based contracts with payers that involve metrics related to medication adherence, adverse drug events and other clinical outcomes, which pharmacists can affect by managing patients’ medication therapy.

“When you are looking at managing the health of a patient and you are looking at lowering healthcare utilization dollars, it makes sense to have the pharmacist in the ambulatory space,” said Indu Lew, Chief Pharmacy Officer at RWJBarnabas Health.
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