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Medications are involved in 80 percent of all treatments and impact every aspect of a patient's life. The two most commonly identified drug therapy problems in patients receiving comprehensive medication management services are: (1) the patient requires additional drug therapy for prevention, synergistic, or palliative care; and (2) the drug dosages need to be titrated to achieve therapeutic levels that reach the intended therapy goals. Drug therapy problems occur every day and add substantial costs to the health care system.
This Special Interest Group on Medication Management provides tools and information on how comprehensive medication management can best be integrated into patient-centered medical homes during the process of redisigning primary care practices. This group also advocates for the need to include payment for comprehensive medication management as an essential professional activity for effective integrated care.