Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions

The Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions (CIPS) is a national resource center and leader in the development of innovative patient care and business solutions to health problems.

Background:

Increasingly powerful and complex drug combinations are used to treat patients with chronic diseases and multiple health conditions. Even though prescription medications represent an expanding portion of heath care costs, the complexity and potency of drug therapy does not always translate into improved patient outcomes. Side effects, drug interactions, and confusion about how to take medications can impact a patient’s adherence to his/her medication regimen. Now, more than ever, positive health outcomes hinge on the effective use of medications in patient care.

Mission and Vision:

CIPS is a national resource center and leader in the development of innovative patient care and business solutions to health problems. The Center capitalizes on the expertise of the pharmacist to:

  • Improve the health of patients through the most appropriate use of medication therapy
  • Maximize pharmacists’ contributions on the health care team
  • Integrate evidence-based, sustainable pharmacist care and services into the standard of patient care in all health care settings
  • Shape state and federal policy to incorporate these models of care and payments for these models into the health care delivery system

The new knowledge generated by CIPS's programs will be brought to national attention and incorporated into the changing health care environment by improving medication adherence, patient safety, and chronic disease management.

Capabilities:

CIPS captures the intellectual contributions and skills of pharmacists as they create pharmacist-directed patient care models that improve clinical outcomes, ensure medication adherence, and reduce health care costs. The Center develops business models to parallel CIPS’s clinical services for a variety of health care settings, including ambulatory care, community pharmacy, hospitals, institutions, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. These models promote seamless integration of clinical expertise, scientific evidence, and sustainable business practices.

  • CIPS creates models of pharmacist-directed patient care and refines existing models, including chronic disease management and prevention, medication therapy management, medication management review, and collaborative practice.
  • CIPS tests and evaluates health outcomes, cost savings, patient safety, and the quality of care of innovative models in a variety of pharmacy practice settings.
  • CIPS prepares and delivers training for health professionals and health decision makers to advanced knowledge and skills to implement new models of care. For more information about the CIPS Knowledge Enterprise, visit our online portal.
  • CIPS organizes networks of pharmacies offering pharmacist-directed education and care programs and analyzes relevant trends throughout Maryland.
  • CIPS fosters dialogue among policy-makers and health care leaders, and advocates for pharmacists’ compensation for the care they provide.
  • CIPS customizes training for all settings and disseminates its work throughout its asynchronous platform.

CIPS’s programs and activities result in products and services that address medication-related gaps in health care and promote improved medication effectiveness at the patient, provider, and health-system levels.