Why Implement a Prescriber Collaboration?
With physicians and other prescribers facing a time crunch due to an influx of patients seeking care, increasing administrative requirements, coupled with a looming physician shortage, prescribers are being challenged to meet patients’ needs. With all the pressures, patients will wait months for an appointment and doctors often can only focus on a patient’s chief complaint, leaving most minor and chronic conditions unaddressed. Opportunity beckons as today’s contemporary pharmacists already have the training and skills to address their patients’ problems. Pharmacists can increase patient access to care, decrease the overall number of hospitalizations, improve patient outcomes, and reduce total net health care spend.
Collaborative Practice Agreements
Pharmacists are practicing in an interdisciplinary team environment. Opportunities exist for pharmacists to collaborate with other healthcare professionals which can result in improved patient outcomes and reduce overall costs. While pharmacists continue to advocate for provider status nationwide, pharmacists are already providing expanded patient care services through collaborative practice agreements (CPAs). CPAs are voluntary, formal relationships between pharmacists and physicians or other providers that allow for certain patient care functions authorized by the practitioner under specified situations and conditions.