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Monica Graybeal is 2017's Innovative Practice Award Winner!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janet Anderson
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Dr. Graybeal identified a need to streamline the prior authorization process for hepatitis C medications, and a partnership with Project ECHO could meet that need for her Medicaid patients, while with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.  Furthermore, Project ECHO accepted pharmacists as providers. As local specialists were 
becoming busier, Dr. Graybeal saw this partnership as an opportunity for pharmacists to fill a need in their community as providers practicing at the top of their license. Through collaborative drug therapy agreements, she is able to manage Hepatitis C patients, by initiating and adjusting medications and interpreting labs and imaging in collaboration with specialists and other members of the healthcare team. This model has also fostered integration of the entire healthcare team, allowing hepatitis C patients to receive related care including smoking cessation, mental health counseling, dietary counseling and compliance monitoring. Not only was Monica able to improve the prior authorization process for Hepatitis C medications, her innovative utilization of collaborative drug therapy agreements and interdisciplinary partnerships has significantly lowered the barriers to access for under-served patients and improved outcomes.
The Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award recognizes a practicing pharmacist or technician using innovative pharmacy practice to improve patient care and outcomes in Washington State.(Sponsored by Upsher-Smith)

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