Pharmacy HIT Collaborative Tools

The Pharmacy HIT Collaborative, of which MPA is a proud member through the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, is pleased to announce the release of two important resource documents to educate both pharmacists and external stakeholders on documentation and information exchange related to pharmacists professional services.  Founded in 2010, the Collaborative was formed to focus on improving patient care quality and outcomes, through the integration of pharmacists’ patient care services in the national health information technology infrastructure.  Under the leadership of Executive Director Shelly Spiro, the Collaborative has since formed several workgroups, all composed of volunteers, and has produced several pieces to enable pharmacists to better document the clinical exchange of information.  The documents, which are available on the Collaborative website, include:

  • New Codes for Transitional Code Management and Chronic Care Coordination Services: an educational document which explains the new coding from the American Medical Association (AMA) surrounding care transitions that may be used by a pharmacist, in conjunction with a multidisciplinary health care team, when services are provided for the management or transitional patient care and coordination of chronic conditions.
  • Medication Therapy Management Services Clinical Documentation: using a structured coding system; SNOMED CT: as pharmacists expand their role into patient care services such as MTM, pharmacy computer applications need to systematically document these services for consistent quality reporting. This document introduces a universal clinical coding for medicine, known as SNOMED CT, and describes in detail how specific SNOMED CT codes for MTM have been developed and will be used to document such services.

I want to commend and thank all of the workgroup chairs, volunteers, and staff members who have put in so much of their time and talent into the production of these critical documents. The release of these resources marks an important milestone, not only for the Collaborative, but for the profession, as pharmacists are able to consistently and systematically document the clinical information related to patient medication use, leading to a more interoperable health care team and improved outcomes," said Rebecca Snead, Executive Vice President, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations.

"Now that these documents are available, we hope pharmacists will take advantage and disseminate this information with their students, colleagues, and system vendors to take the guidance contained within the documents and put it into action," said Shelly Spiro, Executive Director, Pharmacy HIT Collaborative‚Ä®.