National Medication Management Initiative
The National Medication Management Initiative (NMMI) is a nationwide program that provides assistance to people who are experiencing challenges with medication. The NMMI does not have any involvement with what a physician prescribes to an individual. Rather, its goal is to foster good health through enhanced administration, organization and adherence of a physician’s directive. To accomplish this goal, the NMMI acts as a resource where individuals can find solutions to their specific medication-related problems. The benevolence of the initiative enables anyone to obtain the NMMI’s basic medication management system Free Of Charge.
Many medication-related problems arise due to a shortcoming in the health care industry. More specifically, physicians write prescriptions but do not typically provide any sort of tool, device or system for managing the medication. This scenario puts people “on their own” and can lead to a multitude of mismanagement problems. The NMMI fills that critical void in the prescription writing process.
Any plan for success starts with a solid foundation. Accordingly, the NMMI’s main strategy is to create a solid medication management foundation for anyone taking a prescription. This is accomplished by making a state-of-the-art technology system available FREE OF CHARGE.
Creating this solid foundation is accomplished in one of two ways. The first is by enabling physicians to give their patients the system at the time a prescription is written. However, not all physicians know about, or participate in, the NMMI. Whereas that is unfortunate, the initiative overcomes that obstacle by bringing its solutions to community-based organizations and groups of people with common interests. Accordingly, the second method is for these strategic alliance partners to make the core medication management technology available to their members and participants.
There is NO CHARGE for an organization to become an alliance partner with the NMMI. Please CLICK HERE for information on enrolling your organization or group.
Beyond the core technology offering, the NMMI is consistently updating its list of resources and tools for improved medication management and adherence. Its participating physicians and alliance partners serve as gateways to the resources.
The NMMI program’s novel platform is the key to its tremendous acceptance. The effectiveness is based on four distinct items. They are:
PERSONAL MEDICATION MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY
The technology utilized in the NMMI program truly sets the industry standard for personal medication management. The system is feature-laden, powerful and easy to use. Its robust design even enables those with no computer skills or mobile technology proficiency to enhance their medication administration.
A distinguishing component of the technology is its Support Team feature. This exceptionally unique characteristic enables any individual with a vested interest in the well being of a patient to help the patient with their medication management. Support Team members, who are most often a patient’s family members, do not to be local, nor do they need to have a medical background to make a big difference with intake compliance.
The Support Team feature has proven to be especially helpful for seniors and their families. Whereas the system can be programmed in many configurations, an example of a basic system structure for a senior could be as follows:
1) The system makes a phone call to the patient at the medication’s predetermined intake time and conveys the both the name and quantity of the medication to consume;
2) If the system does not receive confirmation of the patient’s medication consumption within 30 minutes, the system then notifies a Support Team member (typically a family member) of the missed intake. The notification can be delivered in multiple forms, and thus provides an opportunity for the Support Team member to determine the reason behind the missed consumption and to validate the patient’s safety and well being.
Although the system has a wealth of features, two are very distinctive. The first is the system’s direct link to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) medication database. The second is its medication interaction database. Both of these dynamic tools truly provide the patient with an unparalleled level of safety for their medication administration.
The physicians at the core of the NMMI are visionaries . They know medication compliance is a material challenge faced by patients.
The NMMI-participating physicians are doing something about this industry-wide problem. The coalition of NMMI physicians are not only writing prescriptions, but they are also providing their patients an unparalleled method to manage them. Simply stated, the “full circle” of medication supply combined with medication administration is making a significant difference in patient outcomes and health.
Each physician in the NMMI proudly distributes a practice-labeled, personal medication management system to his or her patients: There is no cost to the patient. Both the web-based system and the mobile platform proudly display the physician’s name and/or practice name to their patients. This makes for a very professional method of patient engagement and ongoing practice promotion.
NMMI-participating physicians also enjoy the creation of an entirely new income stream for their practice. The revenue stream is generated through the discreet and tasteful banner advertising that appears on the physician’s medication management system. The sponsors promote dignified items of interest to the physician’s patients. At no time is advertising accepted from sources that receive any type of referral business from the physician.
There is no cost of participation to the NMMI’s physicians.
Strategic Alliance Partners
Home Care: Whereas physicians are at the core of the NMMI, other health care providers also play an important role in the organization. This is very evident by the involvement of the home care industry.
The home care industry understands the challenges patients, especially seniors, face in the daily administration of medication. Hence, the industry has become an extremely important resource in promoting the NMMI’s mission. A material segment of current NMMI physicians joined the organizations due to the introductory efforts of local home care agencies.
Strategic alliance home care agencies enjoy tremendous benefits from their participation in the NMMI. One of them is the ability to distinguish their agency from others in the eyes of referring physicians. Since home care is commonly viewed as a commodity, the ability for an agency to introduce their referring physicians to the NMMI is very rewarding. After a physician enrolls in the NMMI, no other home care agency can establish that connection. The resulting bond generated between the introducing agency and the physician is considerable and fosters the relationship between the parties.
Another benefit for the NMMI’s strategic alliance home care agencies is their ability to become a Support Team member for a physician’s patients. In this situation, an agency that receives a home care order from an NMMI physician is capable of being directly linked to the patient through the physician’s electronic medication management platform. This significantly enhances the patient’s care continuum, while also providing the agency a solid position for future care opportunities.
Independent Physician Associations: Today, Independent Physician Associations (IPAs) deliver much more to their physician members than simply negotiating managed care contracts. They provide a wide range of practice-fostering tools. Items such as office operational assistance, compliance-related guidance, case management systems and revenue generating vehicles are a few of the common benefits enjoyed by IPA member physicians.
When an IPA becomes an alliance partner with the NMMI, it creates significant opportunities for the IPA’s physicians: two stand out. First, the union provides each physician member, at no charge, the ability to essentially add a “patient medication management” department to their practice. The NMMI’s prolific technology and support staff acts as an extension of a practice, and delivers a material advancement to positive patient outcomes.
Second, the ancillary component of revenue also looms large. The NMMI’s sponsor-driven business model, which is both OIG and HIPAA compliant, creates an entirely new revenue stream for a practice.
The IPA/NMMI alliance presents both healthier patients and advanced fiscal positioning for both the IPA and its member physicians. The association between the two entities is a powerful asset in the highly-competitive health care industry.
Hospitals: The hospital industry also plays a prominent role in promulgating the NMMI. This is especially evident in those hospital systems that have affiliated primary care physicians (PCPs).
Hospital-affiliated PCPs act as an extension of their hospital. They frequently provide post-hospital-discharge care to their patients. The NMMI platform, and its corresponding medication management platform, plays a key role in mitigating one of a hospital’s biggest challenges: preventable readmissions.
Adverse medication occurrences, especially within the senior population, are one of the most common causes of a preventable readmission. Therefore, hospitals, through enrollment of their PCPs in the NMMI, have a positive impact on patient outcomes, while also improving hospital profitability.
Yet another hospital benefit is the co-branding found on the PCPs’ medication management system. Unaffiliated PCPs typically have their system branded with their name or the name of their practice. Whereas this is also the case for a hospital’s PCPs, the affiliated PCPs also brand their system with name of their hospital system. This co-branding situation generates exceptional goodwill for the hospital and provides a platform for ongoing hospital promotion.
Accountable Care Organizations: Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) were created by the Affordable Care Act as a vehicle to improve patient outcomes. Further, a material component of their mission is to lower costs in the delivery of health care to their patients. When they are successful in mitigating delivery expenditures, the providers are rewarded financially through CMS’ Shared Savings Program.
ACOs employ a multitude of tools to lower health care costs: provider participation in the NMMI is one of those tools. This is because medication non-compliance or adverse drug reactions represent a significant component of health care expenditures. Therefore, the implementation of an ongoing and effective medication management system reduces avoidable medication-related problems and the costs of care associated therewith.
The NMMI’s platform contains hearty and interactive technological features. This, coupled with the initiative’s emphasis on multi-person support environment to assist with a patient’s medication management, creates a vehicle that makes the NMMI one of the most effective cost-containment resources an ACO can employ.
Community-Based Groups: Although not falling into the “health care provider” classification, community groups are important strategic alliance partners with the NMMI. The groups’ members typically consist of individuals with health-related commonalities. These can range from local chapters of national organizations to social media user groups: examples are a local chapter of an Alzheimer’s support group and a Facebook group whose participants address the challenges of diabetes, respectively.
These community-based groups play an important function. When one of their members is struggling with medication management-related challenges and the member’s physician does not participate in the NMMI, the group can make available to the member the same foundational management technology that would be distributed by a physician. The only difference is the technology would carry the group’s identification and brand. The back end functionality and utility would be identical to a physician’s practice-branded system.
The NMMI is truly a program for the “greater good.” It is underwritten and funded by Averlent Corporation. For more information, please use this email contact form.