In 2015, ACCP and the ACCP Foundation funded the Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) in Primary Care Study. The research team, composed of investigators from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the University of Minnesota, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, identified and engaged with 35 CMM practices across the country with embedded clinical pharmacists. The overarching goal of the study was to establish the necessary foundations to enable the replication and scale of CMM services in primary care. Using the principles of implementation science, a major focus of the study was to determine how to effectively and efficiently implement and scale CMM with fidelity.
An interactive website – Optimizing Meds for Better Health – serves as the culmination of this implementation work. The newly revamped website contains several useful resources for optimizing medication use. In particular, evidence-based tools and resources resulting from the study have led to the development of the CMM Implementation System, housed on the main site. This interactive web-based platform is intended for practitioners and administrators implementing CMM for the first time as well as those experienced in CMM delivery wishing to improve their practice. The system contains a stepwise approach to guide users through implementation or improvement steps, including two dynamic tools: one for assessing fidelity to the CMM patient care process and the other for assessing the degree to which practice management supports are being used in the clinic and opportunities for improvement. These tools allow users to input information and obtain reports on their CMM practice. ACCP members are encouraged to explore the open access Optimizing Meds for Better Health website and CMM Implementation System.