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WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s diabetes management solution, the Patient Self-Management Credential for Diabetes, was highlighted May 18 at the Healthcare Leadership Council’s wellness briefing entitled, Controlling Diabetes: Innovations in Therapies and Care.
Sanofi US, a member of HLC and key sponsor of the PSMC, invited APhA CEO Thomas Menighan to share information about the PSMC and the pharmacist’s role in diabetes care.
The discussion related to the PSMC at the HLC briefing expands on a meeting that the APhA Foundation hosted earlier this year in which organizations with an interest in diabetes management convened to strategize about how the PSMC could be migrated into new practice environments. Increasing decision makers’ awareness of the PSMC’s impact on diabetes outcomes was a key priority identified at the Foundation’s meeting, which included representatives from the following organizations: American Academy of Diabetes Educators; American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; American Diabetes Association; American Pharmacists Association; College Diabetes Network; Diabetes Hands Foundation; Diabetes Mine, Diabetes Sisters; Endocrine Society; Thomas Jefferson School of Public Health; The Kroger Co.; and Sanofi US, including representatives of its Corporate Affairs -Partners in Patient Health group.
“We designed the PSMC to create meaningful interactions between patients and providers.” stated Benjamin Bluml, APhA Foundation SVP for research and innovation.“Our relationship with Sanofi US is helping expand PSMC utilization across provider types, increasing access to high quality patient care services, and improving diabetes care coordination by facilitating more actionable communication between physicians, pharmacists, certified diabetes educators, and other providers.”
The PSMC was developed by the APhA Foundation and has been implemented as a central component of the care delivery in the Foundation’s diabetes-focused research projects over the past decade. The PSMC was recently highlighted in the peer-reviewed journal, Population Health Management, as an effective strategy for enabling patients to improve their health by creating enhanced engagement with the healthcare team.