Optimizing Medicine Use To Improve Health, Lower Costs: Integrating Pharmacy into Primary Care

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Medications are an essential tool in improving health, particularly for the majority of Americans living with one or more chronic conditions.  In fact, people with three or more chronic conditions fill more than 23 prescriptions a year.  Seniors with multiple chronic conditions visit 13 health care providers and fill 50 prescriptions a year.  Used and prescribed appropriately, medicines can reduce risk factors for poor health, prevent or slow disease progression, and eliminate illnesses altogether.  Currently we spend more than $300 billion a year on medications and an estimated $290 billion on avoidable medical costs due to misuse, underuse, and overuse of medications.  Given the significant opportunity for improvement, better integrating pharmacy care services into care delivery models holds significant potential for optimizing medication use to improve health and lower costs.  But what works?  How can we maximize the benefits of medication to meet quality and cost benchmarks in alternative payment models, MACRA, and other financing reforms? 
Please join us at this forum, and hear expert perspectives that will address these issues by sharing real-world experiences with innovative, patient-centered care models working to optimize medication use, improve health, and reduce costs.

  • Ken Thorpe, PhD, Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (Moderator)
  • Mary Roth McClurg, Pharm. D., UNC School of Pharmacy  
  • Troy Trygstad, Pharm.D., Vice President, Pharmacy Programs, Community Care of NC
  • Kevin Ronneberg, MD, Vice President and Associate Medical Director, Health Initiatives, HealthPartners 


  • Thursday, October 6, 2016
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Lunch will be served in compliance with the Widely Attended Event exception to the Congressional Gift Ban.


  • Capitol Visitors Center – Senate Side – SVC 215

Read the press release here
Mary Roth McClurg

Troy Trygstad

Kevin Ronneberg