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Medication Optimization in Primary Care

Grants to USA Primary Care Organizations
for Improvements in Medication Management

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Pfizer and Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

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Grants to USA primary care organizations for improvements in medication management. Funding is intended to improve patient outcomes through innovative ideas, shared learning, and rapid implementation of new approaches. The Funding Source is particularly interested in programs with a focus on patient populations with multiple medications, co-morbidities, or complex needs.

Beginning in October 2018, a select group of organizations from around the country will work on medication optimization in a shared learning and action network. This is an action oriented, fast-paced effort that will require rapid, iterative testing of changes to achieve the desired outcomes. Over the 12 months, teams will work with each other and expert faculty to test diverse innovative change ideas for medication optimization: implementing patient-centered approaches to address medication safety and appropriateness, adherence, access, and communication of benefit risk. The shared learning and action network will include monthly coaching calls and in-person Learning Sessions where teams can collaborate, as well as receive guidance from IHI on measurement and reporting. This shared learning and action network will help participating organizations potentially improve their current medication prescribing, adherence, access, and communication processes, as well as advise the field on best practices.

Areas of Focus:

The improvement work will center around medication optimization, which can be defined as an approach to medication management that focuses on all aspects of the patient’s journey from initiation of treatment (or decisions to forego treatment), to follow-up, to ongoing review and support of their medication treatment plan, and coordination of care.

The principles include:

- Understanding what matters most to the patient
- Partnering with patients and caregivers to co-develop, in a shared decision-making approach, a personalized medication treatment plan, accounting for health literacy, and including options for non-medication-related treatments or decision to forego treatment
- Developing a personalized communication plan for patients so that they fully understand the benefit risk profile of their treatment choices
- Supporting adherence, self-care, and appropriate use of medicines by the patient
- Applying healthcare expertise (clinical and therapeutic) to the plan
- Striving to ensure that the patient is on the fewest amount of appropriate medications to achieve the desired outcome
- Endeavoring to increase safety, quality, and better outcomes; incorporating health literacy tools in this process
- Improving access to medications; focusing on cost and availability
- Communicating with other health care professionals
- Providing appropriate monitoring and review of a medication treatment plan
- Care coordination for patients transitioning out of acute care

Participation Includes:

- Required full participation of a three-person team for approximately 12 months, including three Learning Sessions and Action Period calls or webinars.
- Coaching and guidance from expert faculty and an improvement advisor.
- Funding to support team participation, including travel for three individuals to attend the Learning Sessions, and one individual to attend the Improvement Coach program.
- Enrollment for one team member to complete IHI’s Improvement Coach program.
- A two-year subscription to IHI’s Open School, including completion of specified courses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183581

Number of Grants:

The anticipated cohort is 10-20 teams.

Estimated Size of Grant:

A maximum of $750,000 will be distributed.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: September 2018 to September 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any U.S.-based primary care organization is eligible, other than individual physicians or physician-owned practices.

Organizations Eligible to Apply Directly for Grant Support from Pfizer IGLC:

- Academic Medical Centers, Medical Schools, Public Health Hospitals, Health Systems
- Medical Education Company, other for-profit company
- Societies, HCP Membership Organizations
- Third-party payers (government agencies, managed care organizations)

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Release Date: May 2, 2018
- Application Due Date: June 19, 2018
- Review of Applications by External Review Panel: July 1 – August 14, 2018
- Anticipated Notification Date: August 15, 2018
- Improvement Coach Workshop 1: September 17-19, 2018, Boston, MA
- Improvement Coach Workshop 2: November 12-14,2018, Boston, MA

Grants will be distributed following execution of fully signed Letter of Agreement.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions regarding the application, please contact Derek Warnick at or Rebecca Goldberg at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming