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The provision of care for those with comorbid mental health disorders often results in estimated costs two to three times higher than those without. Their chronic illnesses may be undiagnosed or undertreated. Factors such as sedentary lifestyle or smoking can increase the health risks associated with these illnesses. Integrating care for chronic disorders including psychiatric conditions has been shown to improve health outcomes. As such, pharmacists are an integral part of the healthcare team, helping patients’ meet their medication-related goals.

The literature is increasingly showing pharmacists being utilized as providers in the primary care setting with most studies describing care provided by ambulatory care pharmacist specialists. Psychiatric pharmacists are an important resource for patients with psychiatric disorders who are receiving care in the primary care setting. In this ever-changing healthcare landscape with such great needs, it is critical for psychiatric pharmacists and ambulatory Care pharmacists to collaborate with each other and other members of the healthcare team to improve patient care. 

Associate Professor and Chair at the University of Southern California, Steven Chen, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP, FNAP, will join us at the CPNP Annual Meeting to address this very important topic. Dr. Chen is living and breathing the topic of health care collaborations thanks to his role as co-investigator and clinical manager of a $12 million CMMI grant that partners USC with AltaMed Health Services, evaluating the impact of 10 clinical pharmacy teams, each consisting of a clinical pharmacist, a pharmacy resident, and a clinical pharmacy technician compared to usual medical care. Experience from this program has led to opportunities to integrate psychiatric and clinical pharmacy services for high-risk populations in a manner aligned with the priorities of patients, payers, and healthcare providers.

This and other sessions on the rapidly changing healthcare environment makes CPNP 2015 your must-attend meeting. Join Dr. Chen as he focuses on the following in his session on Collaborations to Improve Care: Psychiatric and Ambulatory Care Pharmacists on Tuesday, April 21 in Tampa, FL.

  1. Describe the projected deficits in provision of mental health services and resulting cost burden to primary care clinics.
  2. Given a case of a patient with chronic medical and psychiatric conditions, determine how psychiatric pharmacists and ambulatory care pharmacists can collaborate to provide CMM.
  3. Propose an effective practice model for integrating both ambulatory care and psychiatric pharmacists into primary care clinics.
  4. Discuss strategies for documenting the value of collaborative interactions between ambulatory care and psychiatric pharmacists.

Discounted registration rates are available now. See you in Tampa!

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