Brian Isetts

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Brian Isetts, Ph.D., B.C.P.S., F.A.Ph.A.

Academic Title

Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems

Affiliated with the Peters Institute of Pharmaceutical Care
Affiliated with the PRIME Institute.


Pharmaceutical Clinical Scientist, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Social and Administrative Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Other Education
B.C.P.S. status granted 1995, Recertified – 2002, 2009, Certified Pharmaceutical Care Practitioner, 1993

Contact Info




Office Address

7-125C Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address

College of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems
7-159 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

Brian J. Isetts is currently Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, and a Health Policy Fellow in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore, MD. Brian received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin, and his PhD in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota as a Kellogg Foundation Fellow in the Pharmaceutical Clinical Scientist Program.

Brian has been extensively involved in developing a new health service in which pharmacists collaborate with physicians and other providers to help patients achieve goals of therapy while identifying and resolving drug therapy problems. This healthcare service, known as medication therapy management, has been demonstrated to improve clinical, economic and humanistic outcomes of care, as well as decrease health expenditures when provided within the practice of pharmaceutical care. Dr. Isetts’ scholarly focus is on applying scientific rigor to the most challenging medication use problems.

Dr. Isetts has distinguished himself in the application of medication therapy management as a practitioner, researcher and educator. He has helped health care systems throughout Minnesota establish exemplary practices and he has studied the impact of these practices. In addition, Brian worked 12 years with the Minnesota Legislature to enact the Minnesota Medicaid Medication Therapy Management Care Law.

At the national level, Brian Isetts has worked with the American Medical Association to recognize and report pharmacists’ medication therapy management services within official CPT® health reporting and billing nomenclature. Brian recently completed an extended sabbatical in Washington D.C. at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Part D Medication Therapy Management Program and in the CMS Innovation Center serving as federal co-lead in measuring and improving medication safety, and reducing drug-related readmissions, across 4,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems in the Partnership for Patients Initiative.

Research Interests

  • Pharmacists contributions toward improving effectiveness of care and decreasing health expenditures in accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes.
  • Establishing consumer demand for achieving drug therapy treatment goals with zero tolerance for preventable drug-related morbidity and mortality


Research Projects
  • Effectiveness of health care teams in redesigning the U.S. medication use system.
  • Evaluation of pharmacists contributions to improving care transitions and reducing readmissions.
  • The scholarship of learning in interprofessional education and practice.
Leadership Roles
  • Health Policy Fellow, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS Innovation Center, Washington, D.C., 2011-2013
  • Commissioner, National HealthCare Workforce Commission, 2010-2013
  • Finalist, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Institute of Medicine Health Policy Fellowship Program (2010)
  • University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Samuel F. Melendy Lecture Award, 2013
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Pharmacy, Philip and Ethel Ashby Distinguished Lecture Award, 2007
  • Bowl of Hygeia Award, Minnesota Pharmacists Association, 2005
  • Jacob W. Miller Award, American Pharmacists Association-Foundation, 2005
  • Pinnacle Award – APhA-Foundation Quality Center, 2004
  • Buyers Health Care Action Group, Excellence in Quality Competition, Silver Award, 2000
  • Innovations in Teaching Competition Award, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 1999

Publications Listed at PubMed

Isetts BJ, Buffington DE. Coding for Medication Therapy Management Services (Chapter 6). In: Hogue M, ed. The Pharmacist's Guide to Compensation for Medication Therapy Management Services. Washington: APhA, 2009, pp. 43-49.

Brown LM, Isetts BJ. Patient Assessment and Consultation (Chapter 2). In: Berardi RR, ed. Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs, 16th ed. Washington DC: American Pharmacists Association, 2009: 15-32.

Isetts BJ, Schondelmeyer SW, Artz MB, Lenarz LA, Clinical and economic outcomes of medication therapy management services: The Minnesota experience. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2008; 48:203-11.

Isetts BJ, Buffington DE. CPT code-change proposal: National data on pharmacists’ medication therapy management services. J Am Pharm Assoc 2007;47:491-95; Am J Hlth-Syst Pharm 2007;64:1642-46, Consult Pharm 2007;22:684-89.

Isetts BJ. Evaluating Effectiveness of the Minnesota Medicaid Medication Therapy Management Care Program. State Contract Number B00749, December 14, 2007. Posted January 22, 2008 to the MN Dept. of Human Services Web site.

Buffington DE, Isetts BJ, Whitcomb-Henry H, Medication Therapy Management Services – CPT™ Code Change Proposal. Submitted on behalf of the Pharmacist Services Technical Advisory Coalition to the AMA-CPT Panel, 3/31/2007.

Willink DP, Isetts BJ. Becoming 'indispensable': developing innovative community practices. JAPhA, 2005; 45: 376-86.

Isetts BJ, Brown LM, Schondelmeyer SW, Lenarz LA. Quality assessment of a collaborative approach for decreasing drug-related morbidity and achieving therapeutic goals. Arch Internal Med, 2003; 163: 1813-20.

Isetts BJ. Evaluation of Pharmacy Students' Abilities to Provide Pharmaceutical Care. AJPE, 1999; 63: 11-20.


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