-- Delegate Peace recognized for legislative efforts --
Central Virginia - Recently, Virginia Pharmacists Association honored Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Hanover) with the Award of Merit. Delegate Peace worked to include in the Virginia General Assembly's biennial budget language which paves the way for piloting a cost-saving Medication Therapy Management (MMT) health care benefit for state employees.
MMT is collaboration between pharmacists, physicians, and patients to help ensure that patients are taking the right medication, in the right dosage, at the right time. MTM allows pharmacists to spend more time counseling patients, physicians to perform periodic chart reviews to ensure effective drug regimens, and patients to receive additional education about how best to manage their chronic conditions.
"Medication Therapy Management services have demonstrated proven cost-savings across the country while simultaneously improving the quality of patient care. Medication Therapy Management pilot programs have been instituted successfully in North Carolina, Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota," stated Peace.
He continued, "I have humbled to be honored with the Award of Merit. Enacting policies that increase the delivery of quality health care and passes on a cost savings to citizens is a win-win. Pharmacists should be recognized for the work they do to help our families and communities."
Speaking to the award, Tim Musselman, Executive Director states, "Delegate Peace has been a consistent friend to the profession of pharmacy and a strong advocate for our patients. We were proud to be able to present Delegate Peace with the Award of Merit at our annual convention. The Virginia Pharmacists Association presents this award to a non-pharmacist whose actions advance the profession of pharmacy. Delegate Peace's budget amendment which established a Medication Therapy Management Pilot Program for state employees will not only improve the health of the Commonwealth's workforce but will also lead to significant savings to the state employee health plan. Only a handful of states have such a program in place and thanks to Delegate Peace's foresight and innovative approach to governing Virginia is now one of them."