June 6, 2016 | By Gina Acosta
Value-based care is driving a number of positive trends within the retail pharmacy sector. To start with, providers, payers and patients alike are looking to pharmacists to become more collaborative partners in care. In addition, the increased demand for low-cost clinical services is opening the door to new revenue opportunities. Retail pharmacies are in an ideal position to deliver better access to clinical services such as vaccinations, disease management and medication therapy management (MTM) at a lower cost. They are also primed to provide needed consultations to improve medication and care plan adherence. The challenge is getting the right information streamlined into a pharmacist’s workflow to pave the way for proactive patient engagement. Although many any retail outlets have taken a step in the right direction and turned to solutions and services that assist with effective MTM efforts and patient education, there is more to be done.