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Keywords

Healthcare cost, Chronic Care Model, Population health management, Disease management, Collaborative care

Abstract

This study was designed to add to the body of knowledge gained through the original Asheville Project studies, and to address some of the limitations of the earlier studies. Scalability. Since the original Asheville Project publications there have been some successful replications, however, there is a need to broaden the geographic scope and increase the size of the study population. Study Design. Previous studies were limited to pre-post, self-as-control design. We added a control group. Model improvement. We were able to incorporate an electronic record of care. This allows incorporation of medical and prescription claims, ease of documentation, improved data capture, reporting, standardization of care, identification of deficiencies in care, and communication with other health care providers. This enhancement may be worthy of more comment than we devoted to it , however, we didn’t want to detract from the main goal of the study, and we wanted to avoid any hint of commercialization on the part of the organization that provided the electronic record. Relevance to profession. We sincerely hope the relevance goes beyond the profession of pharmacy and that it reinforces the message that the profession of pharmacy offers real solutions to rising health care costs in the U.S.

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