PBMI releases second pharmacy trends in ACOs report

The Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) released the second edition of its <i>Pharmacy Trends in Accountable Care Organizations Report</i>, surveying 141 providers about how accountable care organizations (ACOs) effectively manage prescriptions.

The Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) released the second edition of its Pharmacy Trends in Accountable Care Organizations Report, surveying 141 providers about how accountable care organizations (ACOs) effectively manage prescriptions. "Our report validates that the management of prescription medications is quickly taking a more central role and is important to the vision of ACOs," says Jane Lutz, executive director of PBMI. The report found that ACO entities continue to have a range of geographic locations, model types, and ownership. In addition, most respondents incorporate value-based contracts and have processes in place to assess risk, but only about one-third have a formal strategy in place to manage drugs. Health information technology and reporting continues to be an area of opportunity: 27% of respondents have a single electronic medical record (EMR) system, 68% have more than one EMR, and 23% use paper charts. In addition, 60% utilize point of care decision support tools, but only 38% find them effective, while 95% use quality reporting tools, but only 34% find them effective.