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Iowa PPMI Efforts Advance Hospital Practice Initiatives

The IPA Hospital Leadership Team was established to assist the IPA Health System Liaison Board (HSLB) to achieve the priorities set forth during the workshop and to assist Iowa hospitals in completing the PPMI Hospital Self-Assessment (HSA).
The Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) is an initiative, sponsored by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), to advance pharmacy practice and the health and well-being of patients by fostering innovative practice models. In 2013, the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) hosted a Hospital Practice Advancement workshop to set a list of priorities that will allow PPMI to advance pharmacy practice in the state of Iowa. From that workshop, the IPA Hospital Leadership Team was established to assist the IPA Health System Liaison Board (HSLB) to achieve the priorities set forth during the workshop and to assist Iowa hospitals in completing the PPMI Hospital Self-Assessment (HSA).
 
The following members were appointed to the Hospital Leadership Team and have been meeting throughout 2014 and 2015 to assess Iowa's PPMI efforts:
  • Brian Benson – UnityPoint Health, Des Moines
  • Mike Brownlee – University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City
  • Kevin Cassatt – Genesis Medical Center, Davenport
  • Mary Beth Gross – VA Medical Center, Des Moines
  • John Hamiel – Wheaton Franciscan, Waterloo
  • Scott Leigh – UnityPoint Health, Fort Dodge
  • Gayle Mayer – Spencer Hospital, Spencer
  • DeeAnn Wedemeyer Oleson – Guthrie County Hospital, Guthrie Center
  • Craig Osland – Mercy Medical Center, Mason City
  • David Seiler – Broadlawns, Des Moines
  • Jamie Sinclair – Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids
  • Pat Thies – UnityPoint Health—St. Luke's, Cedar Rapids
  • Travis Tubbs – VA Medical Center, Iowa City
  • Doug Wetrich – Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames
  • Greg Young – Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines

IPA, the Hospital Leadership Team, and the HSLB have set a goal to have 80% of Iowa hospitals complete the HSA. The HSA consists of 106 questions to measure how hospitals align with PPMI recommendations. Current hospitals have used the resulting HSA action plan in their strategic planning process or to highlight their strengths and areas of improvement to staff and administration. The HSA results are also beneficial on the state and national level as aggregates can direct IPA strategic planning and resource development.
 
With currently over 50% of Iowa hospitals having completed the HSA, key findings include:
  • 51.7% of Iowa hospitals have collaborative practice agreements between pharmacists and other health care providers, compared to 38.7% of hospitals nationally.
  • 70.7% of Iowa Hospitals have processes to ensure medication-related continuity of care such as communication of their medication list and treatment plan for discharged patients from the acute setting to an outpatient setting, compared to 57.1% of hospitals nationally.
  • 55.2% of Iowa Hospitals utilize real-time electronic health records, compared to 46.5% of hospitals nationally.
 To learn more about PPMI or to complete the PPMI Hospital Self-Assessment, visit www.ppmiassessment.org/.

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