Todd Sorensen Chair 2013-2014

Over the period of 2012-2014, Dr. Sorensen sought to build on the collective experience of Minnesota health systems invested in the delivery of medication management services, facilitated inter-organizational collaboration and disseminated knowledge and experience that highlighted the impact of these services.


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Themes Driving Implementation and Adoption of Medication Management Services in Six Minnesota Health Systems

Description: The project presents the evolution of medication management services and factors influencing success in integrating these services in six health systems in Minnesota. The analysis explores how medication management has maintained its presence as a priority service and received continued organizational support across these systems. Finally, key lessons for peer organizations on integrating medication management is presented.

Partnering Organizations: Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, HealthPartners, Hennepin County Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Park Nicollet Health Services

Funding: Peters Endowment for Practice Innovation

Investigators: Todd D. Sorensen, PharmD, Lindsay A Sorge, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, Deborah Pestka, PharmD, Margaret L. Wallace, PharmD, MS, BCACP, Jon Schommer, PhD

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Improving Transitions of Care through Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management

Description: The goal of this effort is to improve medication management during care transitions from the acute to ambulatory patient care settings by: 1) applying the IHI Model for Improvement to engage patients in comprehensive medication management services in the ambulatory care setting within 7 days post-hospital discharge, 2) evaluating drug therapy problems identified post-discharge, and 3) collaborating with inpatient teams to facilitate improvements in the discharge process.

Partnering Organizations: Park Nicollet Health Services, Hennepin County Medical Center, Broadway Family Medicine Clinic, North Memorial Medical Center, FirstLight Health System, Essentia Health

Funding: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services/Minnesota Hospital Association

Investigators: Andrea Rosenberg, PharmD, Todd D. Sorensen, PharmD, Sarah M. Westberg, PharmD, BCPS, Lindsay A Sorge, PharmD, MPH, BCACP

A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Impact of Health Record Access on Drug Therapy Problem Determination by Pharmacists

Description: This evaluation reviewed the differences in the number, type, and confidence in drug therapy problems (DTPs) identified by pharmacists with and without access to a primary care health record and to determine what information was needed by pharmacists to confirm accuracy of their DTP assessment. The study design was an exploratory, comparative evaluation of comprehensive medication management assessments.

Partnering Organizations: Coborn’s Pharmacy, Cub Pharmacy, Goodrich Pharmacy, Hennepin County Medical Center, Park Nicollet Health Services, Walgreens Pharmacy

Funding: Peters Endowment for Practice Innovation

Investigators: Jette A. van Lint, Student Pharmacist, Lindsay A Sorge, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, Todd D. Sorensen, PharmD

Factors Leading to Organizational Investment in Medication Management

Description: The aim of this qualitative study is to determine the factors that have most influenced health system executives’ decisions to direct resources towards implementing medication management services in their health care organizations as a core service. We employed thematic analysis to examine the decision making process and influential factors through open-ended, semi-structured interviews.

Funding: ASHP Foundation

Investigators: Zach Merk, PharmD, Andrea Rosenberg, PharmD, Todd D. Sorensen, PharmD, Lindsay A Sorge, PharmD, MPH, BCACP

A Pharmacy-Coordinated Program to Enhance Control of High Blood Pressure and Diabetes in Patient Accessing a Community Pharmacy

Description: Develop systems to target and engage patients in the assessment of potential drug therapy problems and the development of self-management plans.

Partnering Organizations: Cub Pharmacy

Funding: Minnesota Department of Health

Investigators: Jeannine Conway, PharmD, BCPS, Caity Frail, PharmD, MS, BCACP, Todd D. Sorensen, PharmD

Analysis of MN Medicaid MTM Claims, 2008-2013

Description: This claims analysis describes the nature of claims submitted to MN Medicaid from 2008-2013 for medication management services. The analysis will describe payment experience in the program from the level of employing organizations, pharmacist providers, patients and individual claims.

Partnering Organizations: Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services

Funding: Peters Endowment for Practice Innovation

Investigators: Margaret L Wallace, PharmD, MS, BCACP, Todd D Sorensen, PharmD, Lindsay A Sorge, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, Christine M Czycalla, BS, Pharmacy Student

Curriculum Compass – Perceptions of Hiring Authorities on Practice Competencies in UMN Doctor of Pharmacy Graduates

Description: The qualitative study is designed to provide feedback from individuals who hire and supervise new pharmacists at the point of entry to the profession. This evaluation will assist in recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of UMN pharmacy graduates and identify potential areas for curriculum development.

Funding: Peters Endowment for Practice Innovation

Investigators: Stephanie Gibbs, Pharmacy Student, Michelle Lighthart, Pharmacy Student, Todd D. Sorensen, PharmD, Lindsay Sorge, PharmD, MPH, BCACP

Position Paper: Medication Non-Adherence is Typically a Symptom, Not a Diagnosis.

Description: Convening of a panel of experts to develop a position brief that places the issue of medication adherence in proper context of overall drug therapy problems experienced by patients.

Partnering Organizations: Cornerstone Health System, Fairview Health Services, HealthPartners, Park Nicollet Health Services, University of Southern California

Funding: Peters Endowment for Practice Innovation

Investigators: Todd Sorensen, PharmD, Maren Fustgaard, MA, Amanda Brummel, PharmD, BCACP, Jamie Hale, RPh, Dan Rehrauer, PharmD, Steve Chen, PharmD, Molly Ekstrand, RPh, AE-C, CDE.

Other Initiatives

Mobilizing Practice Transformation in Medication Management for the Triple Aim Symposium

Description: A convening of practitioners sharing successes and inspiring action in practice transformation focused on optimizing medication use.

Convening Partners: Alliance for Integrated Medication Management, UMN Ambulatory Care Residency Program, UPlan MTM Network

Academic Practice Support

Funds from the Peters Chair for Practice Innovation are supporting pharmacy service data collection, patient satisfaction analysis and medication management claims across faculty practices in family medicine clinics in the University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP) health system.