Pinnacle Awards

2015 Group Practice–Health System–Corporation Award

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and Division of General Internal Medicine

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (OSUCOP) and The Ohio State University Division of General Internal Medicine (OSUGIM) have had pharmacist involvement in team-based primary care since 2006. During this time, the pharmacy team has grown from one shared faculty member at one clinic to four shared faculty members, one full time pharmacist and three pharmacy residents practicing at five NCQA tier 3 patient-centered medical homes (PCMH). The pharmacists provide anticoagulation management, transitional care management, population management, and chronic care management for patients and serve as a drug information resource. The site has an established interdisciplinary diabetes clinic, a site selected to be part of the APhA Foundation Project IMPACT: Diabetes initiative, and polypharmacy clinics that allow pharmacists to optimize medication regimens for complex patients. The pharmacists provide population management services centered on safe and effective medication use. They also provide care to complex patients recently discharged from the hospital to prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions.

OSUCOP and OSUGIM have also been the primary site for 17 pharmacy practice residents and numerous student pharmacists. The pharmacists have concentrated on justification and sustainability of pharmacist services within a PCMH. The pharmacists have published results from studies and presented at numerous state and national professional meetings on the impact of pharmacists in the primary care setting.