Shields Health Solutions Awards Two Resident Research Grants to Advance Health System Specialty Pharmacy

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STOUGHTON, Mass. ~ Shields Health Solutions (Shields), a premier specialty pharmacy accelerator, has awarded two research grants of $5,000 each to further health system-based specialty pharmacy. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Shields has offered such grants.

The recipients of this year's grant are Jason Au, PharmD from the University of Southern California Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Jennifer Chang, PharmD and Tiffany Tsai, PharmD of UC Davis Health.

Brian Smith, Chief Pharmacy Officer at Shields said: "By enhancing specialty pharmacy services, we can help health systems deliver high quality and cost-efficient care for complex patients. Our research grant program has supported innovation by numerous residents in health system-based specialty pharmacies over the past four years, and we are proud to add this year's recipients to that list."

Jason Au's project is titled Impact of Medication Therapy Management Services in a Specialty Pharmacy Settings. The retrospective observational study seeks to identify barriers to implementing Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services in a specialty pharmacy workflow as well as measure revenue generated from billed MTM services, patient satisfaction, and the provider acceptance rate. Nazeli Bairamian, PharmD; Havan Truong, PharmD; Richard Dang, PharmD; and Allison Chacon, PharmD are supporting the project as co-investigators or residency site coordinators.

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Jennifer Chang and Tiffany Tsai's project is titled Impact of Integrated Clinical Pharmacy Services on Patient Outcomes in a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. The study aims to evaluate how pharmacists may impact patient outcomes and characterize the type of interventions made in a cardiac rehabilitation program at a large academic medical center. Claire Yang, PharmD is supporting the project as co-investigator while Javier E. Lopez M.D., Director of UC Davis Health Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is providing support for the study which hopes to establish the benefits of utilizing clinical specialty pharmacy services model in various institutional settings to improve patient outcomes and reduce systematic morbidity and mortality.

Shields Health Solutions has been offering research grants for four consecutive years now with an aim to further health system-based specialty pharmacy initiatives across the country.
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