Blog | Managing Medications Made Easier at SOS

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Dec
2014

Managing Medications Made Easier at SOS

Do you worry that you are taking your medications incorrectly? Many people do. SOS offers a variety of services to help you manage your medications better, including Medication Therapy Management (MTM).

What is Medication Therapy Management (MTM)?

MTM is a service provided by our clinical pharmacist to our SOS patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma and/or those who are on several medications. At an MTM appointment, each person’s medications undergo a comprehensive and detailed review, checking for efficacy and safety. The ultimate goal of MTM visits is to help patients better understand their medications and achieve their goals, such as for blood sugar and blood pressure.

How effective are MTM visits?

In August 2013, a study by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) showed that MTM programs lowered the risk of hospitalization for diabetic patients. In return, by decreasing hospital visits, diabetic patients spent an average of $399 less on healthcare per year. This equates to a saving of as much as $12 for every $1 spent on MTM programs! Amazing, isn’t it!

How can I take advantage of MTM services at SOS?

Due to the popularity and effectiveness of our MTM program, this month, we will be rolling out TWO new and exciting Health Education Group Visit classes. The first class is called Managing My Medications. This class is designed to empower our SOS patients by giving them a comprehensive medication overview and tools to better understand their medications. Our second class is called Managing My Diabetes. Through this group visit setting, our diabetic patients will be able to learn how to use a glucometer, recognize symptoms and management of low and high blood sugar, and understand the importance of a proper diabetic diet and exercise.

This all sounds great! Where do I find out more?

If you are interested in signing for these classes, ask your provider! These group visit classes will be held monthly and will be available to all our SOS patients!


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