Therapeutic Research Center to Partner with Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) on Pharmacy Pay-for-Performance Education


Therapeutic Research Center (TRC)–home of Pharmacist’s Letter, Pharmacy Technician’s Letter, and Prescriber’s Letter–announces an agreement with Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), a major California-based Medi-Cal and Medicare not-for-profit health plan, to supply comprehensive educational content for IEHP’s new Pharmacy Pay-for-Performance (P4P) web-based education center. Dedicated to helping member health providers better meet IEHP pharmacy quality measures, the center will feature a collection of relevant articles, charts, FAQs, handouts, and tutorials culled from TRC’s extensive library of newsletters and online content.

“Therapeutic Research Center is widely recognized as the authoritative, non-biased source of up-to-the-minute information on drug therapy and medication management,” says Chris Chan, PharmD, Sr. Director of Pharmaceutical Services for Inland Empire Health Plan. “Their specialized Letters are regarded as the source for credible, carefully researched recommendations on the latest developments in medication management. Incorporating TRC content in our site will keep our providers informed about the latest developments in the field and support enhanced clinical decision-making and patient education. We are extremely pleased to partner with TRC on this comprehensive offering.”

Initially, the website will provide content related to:

  • Diabetes, hypertension, and statins: proportion of days covered
  • Diabetes: appropriate treatment of HTN (Use of ACE/ARB)
  • Use of high-risk medications in the elderly
  • Generic dispensing rate
  • Absence of controller therapy

Individual web sections will address the specialized needs of prescribers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

“Therapeutic Research Center is pleased to partner with Inland Empire Health Plan on this important educational program,” says Wes Crews, CEO, TRC. “Their pharmacy P4P program goals are closely aligned with our organization’s own objectives of enhancing the pharmacy team’s quality of care and cost-effectiveness in the management of patient medication and drug therapy. We applaud their efforts in taking a leadership role in providing quantifiable performance metrics and incentive payments to forward these initiatives.” Crews concludes by saying, “As pay-for-performance programs expand in the pharmacy arena as part of health care reform, TRC is becoming regarded as a primary source of easy-to-understand, concise, timely information to support these efforts.”

About Therapeutic Research Center

Therapeutic Research Center is a leading provider of digital advisory and education information solutions for drug therapy and medication management. In addition to its highly regarded Letters (Pharmacist’s Letter, Pharmacy Technician’s Letter, and Prescriber’s Letter), Therapeutic Research Center also provides online resources that expand on their trusted recommendations such as drug comparison charts, patient education handouts, FAQs, and tutorials, as well as a complete continuing education program, online competency and compliance program, CE and Training Organizer, and learning management portal. Over 400,000 health care professionals rely on this advisory and education service to give them the practical, unbiased, timely information they need to help improve medication use, prevent medication errors, and improve overall care, quality, and outcomes.

About Inland Empire Health Plan’s P4P Program

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has a network of over 4,000 providers and serves more than 1,000,000 residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties who are enrolled in Medi-Cal, Cal MediConnect (Medicare-Medicaid), Medicare Special Needs Plan, and the Healthy Kids program. The IEHP P4P program offers incentives to all qualified IEHP practitioners for providing outstanding preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services to IEHP members. Pharmacy performance is measured against established IEHP pay-for-performance benchmarks, which are reviewed annually. Member pharmacies receive significant reimbursements for meeting quality measures and supporting optimal, cost-effective care for plan members. The program supports IEHP’s mission of enhancing the delivery of quality, accessible, and wellness-based health care services within its local community.

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