Pinnacle Awards

2013 Government Agency–Nonprofit Organization–Association Award

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy’s Medication Management Center (MMC)

The Medication Management Center (“MMC”) is a pharmacist-run medication management program established in 2006 at The University of Arizona's College of Pharmacy. The program uses pharmacists in a call center to provide Medicare patients with medication therapy management (MTM) services. The genesis of the MMC was established in law in direct response to the public policy direction outlined in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (“MMA”). Even prior to the formation of the MMC, the pharmacists currently employed at the MMC were instrumental in creation and drafting of the language that would eventually become statutory requirements of today's Medicare program. By 2014, the MMC will be the largest provider of MTM services in the nation. Since 2006, the center has delivered MTM services to well over 1,000,000 Medicare beneficiaries nationwide. The MMC’s targeted approach to MTM works with prescription claims to qualify members and identify intervention opportunities. The MMC team then turns these identified opportunities into therapeutic interventions through a combination of mailings, faxes, and personalized phone calls to patients and providers. The Pinnacle Awards are administered by the APhA Foundation. Premier support for the Pinnacle Awards is provided by an educational grant from Merck. This activity is additionally supported by an educational donation provided by Amgen.

Read the profile on the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy's MMC featured in the September 2013 issue of Pharmacy Today.