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ACCP Report - May 2020

President's Column

CMM Is Important, but ACCP Is Doing Much More

Written by Brian L. Erstad, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS

Recently, I heard several comments from ACCP members that comprehensive medication management (CMM) seems to be ACCP’s only priority, to the neglect of other issues of importance. There also appears to be confusion among some members regarding what CMM entails.

It’s true that CMM is an important priority for ACCP. As announced in the October 2015 ACCP Report, ACCP and the ACCP Research Institute (now the ACCP Foundation) awarded a major grant to the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, and the American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network to study the impact of implementing CMM in primary care practices. In light of this award, driving the implementation of CMM as an essential component of medication optimization is one of the main priorities listed in ACCP’s strategic plan. This is a major focus for the ACCP policy, practice, and government affairs staff and drives many related interprofessional collaborations, such as the College’s involvement with the Get the Medications Right (GTMRx) Institute. I encourage interested readers to click here to learn more about CMM and to review the related story in this issue of the ACCP Report about the College’s new medication optimization infographic.

Nevertheless CMM is by no means ACCP’s only priority. For example, of this year’s 20 committees and task forces, CMM serves as an emphasis for only one committee, the Clinical Practice Affairs Committee. This committee is charged with developing a commentary on CMM in non-primary care settings, which should be relevant to the many ACCP members who don’t practice in an ambulatory or primary care setting. In addition, I’ve charged other committees and task forces to address a variety of issues related to my presidential theme of “Extending the Frontiers of Practice, Interprofessional Collaborations, and Research.” For example, the Certification Affairs Committee is developing a criterion-driven rubric and process for compiling and maintaining a directory of experts who can serve on interprofessional guideline and consensus statement panels. In addition, the Research Affairs Committee is developing a learning module for practitioners, postgraduate trainees, and students who want to become involved in developing evidence-based guidelines in the future. Other committees and task forces have been charged to develop commentaries or position papers on issues such as precision medicine, telehealth and technology, and direct-to-consumer advertising, to name just a few. To view the full range of issues currently being addressed by this year’s committees and task forces, access this year’s compendium of committee and task force charges.

Finally, if you’ve not already done so, please provide the Board of Regents with additional suggestions for future College priorities by participating in this year’s “issues survey.” The survey will remain open through Monday, May 25, so you still have time to participate!