Medication review accreditation numbers are up as rule changes allowing more funded visits come into force
The number of pharmacists seeking to becoming accredited for medication management reviews is at its highest level since 2014, the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists (AACP) has reported.
In a release today, the AACP announced it currently has over 400 pharmacists enrolled in its accreditation assessment program.
This is in addition to the 2420 currently accredited pharmacists around the country, the highest amount since 2014.
Marc Apolloni, AACP Board Chair, SA-based community pharmacy owner and accredited pharmacist says it is likely “during the COVID-19 pandemic, many pharmacists have taken the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills to work through the assessment program, which is conducted entirely online”.
“A small positive coming from being forced to spend more time at home has allowed pharmacists to concentrate on the assessment, which consists of multiple-choice questions and case studies, working through both Home Medicine Review (HMR) and Residential Medication Management Review (RMMR) examples,” he said.
The result findings follows the recently announced changes to both the HMR program rules and RMMR program rules which have permitted up to two funded pharmacist-initiated follow up services which can be conducted after the initial medication review.
In addition, referral for both HMRs and RMMRs can now be made by medical practitioners other than GPs, including pain specialists, physicians, psychiatrists, and palliative care physicians.
Mr Apolloni said that “there seems to be an increased awareness of the vitally important work that accredited pharmacists do, in terms of improving medicines safety, improving patient knowledge of their medicines and assisting medical practitioners to manage medicines both in the community and aged care settings.”
The AACP is encouraging all his community pharmacy owner colleagues to consider the benefits that accreditation and the ability to conduct medication management reviews (MMRs) can bring to them and their pharmacies, Mr Apolloni said.
“These programs will support improved health outcomes for your patients, add to your range of patient support options and potentially increase opportunities to collaborate with your local GPs.”
As the AACP accreditation process is designed to increase the skills and knowledge of those who gain accreditation, it is also valuable additional learning for community pharmacists conducting MedsChecks and Diabetes MedsChecks, adding to professional service opportunities, he added.
To learn about the accreditation program, pharmacists should visit the AACP website