The Medication Management Center was established at the UA College of Pharmacy in 2006. In 2013, the medication therapy management programs developed by college faculty and center staff were spun off with the help of a Tucson investor. The new entity, SinfoniaRx, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinfonía HealthCare Corp., develops and manages a full suite of medication therapy management services. Through an exclusive relationship between the College of Pharmacy and Sinfonia, the Medication Management Center serves as the primary clinical provider of medication therapy management services to SinfoniaRx.
In the video below, produced in spring 2013 by the American Pharmacists Association on the occasion of the Pinnacle Award presentation, Kevin Boesen, who was then director of the MMC, gives an overview of what the center does.
What is MTM?
Medication therapy management is a personalized service designed to optimize health outcomes for individual patients. At the Medication Management Center, pharmacists work directly with patients, their providers, and community pharmacists to ensure optimal treatment while reducing the risk of adverse events and drug interactions. Pharmacists will also look for opportunities to reduce the cost of medication treatment.
Awards & Recognition
The Medication Management Center has been widely recognized for its achievements over the last several years. The MMC was selected to receive the 2013 Pinnacle Award from the American Pharmacists Association Foundation. This is a national award that recognizes significant contributions to the process of medication use through increasing patient adherence, reducing drug errors and adverse events, promoting the use of national treatment guidelines, improving patient outcomes, or enhancing communication among the members of the healthcare team.
Here are additional resources that tell more about the center:
- MMC wins prestigious Pinnacle Award
- Finding a national audience for MTM article in Pharmacy Today
- 2013 radio show about the center's work with one company.
- Center presents at IBM's Enterprise 2013 about hardware and software
- Center educates pharmacy students and residents and conducts research
The Medication Management Center is now celebrating its 10th year of operation and success. In the video below, four of the pharmacists who have been with the center since its beginning reflect on what they do and what they've learned.
The MMC completes approximately 1,000 medication therapy management cases daily. Its pharmacists have more than 50 years of combined experience delivering such services to Medicare beneficiaries for health plans and benefits managers.
Monica Adams, PharmD
Margherita Bialkowski, PharmD
Jennifer Bingham, PharmD
Allison Buhl, PharmD
Jessica DiLeo, PharmD
Christopher Edmonds, PharmD
Stephanie Forbes, PharmD
Karthi Govindarajan, PharmD
Patrick Hryshko, PharmD
Melissa Johnson, PharmD
James Kloster, RPh, CGP
Bob Lipsy, PharmD
Rose Martin, PharmD
Martin Pelger, RPh
Jason Reddick, PharmD
Marjanne Schnarr, PharmD
Nicole Scovis, PharmD
Whitney Shields, PharmD
Kwyn Szabados, PharmD
MMC pharmacists work directly with pharmacists from the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, a pharmacist-run and pharmacist-staffed call center. The first center of its kind in Arizona, the poison center has been a part of the College of Pharmacy for more than 50 years. Its pharmacists are experts in providing clinical services over the phone.
The medication therapy management services provided by our center increase the quality of health care and help reduce healthcare costs. Learn more about its educational and research opportunities at Medication Management Center: Education & Research
For more information, contact:
Director, Medication Management Center