The Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions (CIPS) conducts research on transitions of care, pharmacoeconomics, and chronic disease management.

Faculty and staff translate research findings into practical knowledge for individuals with chronic diseases, an important step to improving health outcomes.

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Rahman W, Solinsky PJ, Munir KM, Lamos EM. Pharmacoeconomic evaluation of sodium-glucose transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2019;20(2):151–61.

Shaya, F.T. Chirikov, V., Rochester, C., Zaghab, R.W., and Kucharski, K.C. (2015, May). Impact of a comprehensive pharmacist medication-therapy management service. Journal of Medical Economics, 10 (18) 828-837. DOI:10.3111/13696998.2015.1052463.

Rochester-Eyeguokan CD, Pincus KJ, Patel RS, Reitz SJ. The Current Landscape of Transitions of Care Practice Models: A Scoping Review. Pharmacotherapy 2016; 36(1):117-33. doi: 10.1002/phar.1685.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M., Chirikov VM, Breunig IM, Zaghab RW, Shaya FT. (2016, Jan/Feb). Clinical effectiveness and cost savings in Diabetes Care. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 57(1) DOI:102-108.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2016.08.010. Epub 2016 Oct 18.

Hovatter, Joan McGarvey; Cooke, Catherine E; Rodriguez de Bittner, Magaly (2016). Collaborative Employee Wellness: Living Healthy With Diabetes Benefits Quarterly; Brookfield 2016;32(3): (Third Quarter 2016): 41-45.

Calabrese M., Watson K, Cooke C and Rodriguez de Bittner, M. Emerging roles for pharmacists in performance-based risk-sharing arrangements. ASHP Journal doi:10.2146/ajhp160398.

Dowling TC, Rodriguez de Bittner M, Perez Z, Briglia A, Peralta L. Evaluation of Drug Metabolism in Hispanic Americans with Type 2 Diabetes. Diab Res Clin Metab 2012; Dec 21: doi:10.7243/2050-0866-1-22.

Rodriguez de Bittner M, Adams AJ, Burns AL, Ha C, Hilaire ML, Letendre DE, Scheckelhoff DJ, et al. Report of the 2010-2011 Professional Affairs Committee: Effective Partnerships to Implement Pharmacists’ Services in Team-Based, Patient-Centered Healthcare. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education: Volume 75, Issue 10, Article S11, 2011.

Rodriguez de Bittner M, Zaghab RW. Improving the lives of patients with chronic diseases: pharmacists as a solution. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 May; 22(2):429-36.

Truong HA, Layson-Wolf C, Owen J, Rodriguez de Bittner M. Perceptions of Patients on Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Services Pertaining to Medicare Part D." Am J Pharm Assoc 2009 May: 49(3); 392-397.

Select Invited Presentations

Rochester-Eyeguokan CD. Pharmacist Prescribing Hormonal Contraceptives! What is the Process? Maryland Board of Pharmacy CE Breakfast 2019. Maryland Licensed Pharmacists. Baltimore, Maryland. October 2019.

Rochester-Eyeguokan CD. What’s New and What’s Next in Diabetes Therapies. Team Diabetes Annual Conference. Baltimore, Maryland. October 2019.

Osotimehin F. Pharmacists as a Key Part of the Chronic Disease Care Team. Innovations in Chronic Disease Management. Prevention Link of Southern Maryland. October 2019.

Rocafort T, Tran D, Campbell D, Dimen-Taylor A, Osotimehin S, Layson Wolf-C, Rodriguez de Bittner M. Connecting the Dots: Using Integrated Health Information Technology for Effective Transitions of Care. National Academy of Practice Conference 2019.

Tran D, Rocafort T, Campbell D, Osotimehin S, Layson-Wolf C, Rodriguez de Bittner M. Novel Interprofessional Transitions of Care Practice Models. National Academy of Practice Conference 2019.

Rochester-Eyeguokan CD. The Maryland P3 Program. National Governors Association (NGA) Annual Meeting 2018.

Osotimehin F, Sokan O, Rodriguez de Bittner M, Fletcher M, Stryckman B, Landi C, Marcozzi D. An Innovative Transitions of Care (TOC) Model Incorporating Pharmacy Services by Leveraging Telehealth. American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Updates in Therapeutics. April 2019. St Louis, MO.

Seidl K, Velez R, Sokan O, Fletcher M, Bentzen S, Stryckman B, Marcozzi D. Development of a Logic Model to Guide Implementation of a Mobile Integrated Health Program. 4th Annual Symposium on Home and Community Based Care. April 2019. Baltimore, MD.

Park L, Rodriguez de Bittner M, Onukwugha E, Sebastian D, Osotimehin F, Sokan O, Campbell D, Rocafort T, Tran D, Zaghab R. Interprofessional Care Transitions Clinic Impact on Healthcare Costs. ISPOR. May 2019. New Orleans, LA.

Sokan O, Osotimehin F, Rodriguez de Bittner M, Crocco T, Landi C, Marcozzi D, Fletcher M. Integrating Medication Management Services within a Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) Model leveraging Telehealth. Telemedicine & Telehealth Service Provider Showcase. October 2018. Glendale, AZ.

Rochester-Eyeguokan CD. The Maryland P3 Program. Community Health Worker Training Program at UMMC 2018.

Rochester-Eyeguokan CD. A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: Innovative Pharmacist Coaching with the P3 Program. The American Pharmacist Association (APhA) 2018 Annual Meeting.

Zaghab, R.W., Rochester-Eyeguokan, C.D., Schartel, A., Patel, R.S., Oketch, E., and Kucharski, K. Pharmacist Integration in Endocrinology Practice: Documentation Barriers. The American Pharmacist Association (APhA) 2018 Annual Meeting.

Rodriguez de Bittner M, Barbour L*, Rochester CD, Schartel A, Cooke C. Pharmacist Coaches Improve Diabetes Care Measures Among Participants of an Employer-Sponsored Diabetes Program. FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2015. Dusseldorf, Germany. November 2015.

Rodriguez de Bittner M. How to implement pharmacy service's in health plans: The Maryland P3 Experience" 8º Congress of Pharmaceutical Sciences Riopharma and the XVIII Congress of la Federación Farmacéutica de América del Sur (FEFAS) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 15, 2015.

Schartel A, Rochester CD, Zaghab R. Patient Perceptions Following Completion of a Pharmacist-Run Transition of Care (TOC) Program in a Private Physicians’ Office. University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Research Day. Baltimore, MD. April 2014.

Rodriguez de Bittner M. Pharmacists Services for Chronic Disease Management: Can it make a difference DUPHAT Conference in Dubai March 11, 2014.

Rodriguez de Bittner M. “The Maryland P3 Program: A Solution to Chronic Disease Management: Workshop”. DUPHAT Conference in Dubai March 12, 2014.

Rodriguez de Bittner M. “Pharmacist Delivered Patient Care Programs: The Maryland P3 Program” FEFAS Meeting Porto Alegre. Brazil May 2010.

Rodriguez de Bittner M. “Implementation of a Diabetes Care Program: The Maryland P3 Program” FEFAS/VI Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education, Montevideo, Uruguay November 2008.

Rodriguez de Bittner M. “Implementation of a Diabetes Education Program for Patients: Economic Impact“ Presented at the University of Paraguay School of Pharmacy June 2006.

Rodriguez de Bittner M. “Implementing Pharmaceutical Care Services in a Community Pharmacy Setting: Partnership with a School of Pharmacy“ Presented at the II International Pharmacy Congress Cuba March 2003.

Select Poster Presentations

Solinsky P, Pincus K, Rochester Eyeguokan C. Evaluation of Medicare Beneficiaries Perception of Annual Wellness Visits Poster Abstract. ACCP 2019 Meeting. New York, New York.

Keeley D, Kowcz A, Rodriguez de Bittner M, Garrett-Ray S. Improving Outcomes for COPD: Is Virtual Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management (CMTM) the Answer? ACCP 2019 Meeting. Chicago, Illinois.

Sokan O, Osotimehin F, Rodriguez de Bittner M, Fletcher M, Stryckman B, Landi C, Marcozzi D. An Innovative Transitions of Care (TOC) Model Incorporating Pharmacy Services by Leveraging Telehealth. ACCP 2019 Meeting. New York.

Select Workshops

Rochester CD. A Targeted Intervention for Pharmacists. Online Continuing Education (CE) Workshop Modules. February 2018. [Comprehensive Foot Examination, Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose and Glucose Meters, Insulin and other Injectable Administration, Blood Pressure and Pulse management].

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “Development of a Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions”. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia October 2016.

Rochester CD, Rodriguez de Bittner, M. The Pharmacist and Patient Centered Diabetes Care. A Certificate Training Program. American Pharmacist Association – 8-hour CE Workshop. In conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Baltimore, Maryland. Presented: August 2015, October 2013, April 2013, April 2011, October 2009, April 2009, October 2006, and April 2006.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. Outcomes of the Maryland P3 Program: A Case Study Developing Sustainable Reimbursement Models for Pharmacist Practitioners”. New Mexico Summit – Albuquerque, New Mexico August 10, 2015.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “The Maryland P3 Program: A solution to Chronic Disease Management”. Department of Defense, Virginia February 27, 2015.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “Pharmacists coaches Improve Diabetes Care Measures Among Participants of an Employer-Sponsored Diabetes Program”. Maryland Chronic Disease Conference September 8 2015.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. Utilizing Pharmacists to Increase Access to Care”. University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Presented to Delegation from Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “How Pharmacists can Improve our Nation’s Health”. CDC Director Grand Rounds CDC Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia October 2014.

Rochester CD, Pincus K. The Pharmacist and Patient Centered Diabetes Care. A Certificate Training Program. American Pharmacist Association – 8-hour CE Workshop. In conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Baltimore. April 2014.

Rochester CD. Tobacco Cessation: Pharmacist Impact through a Brief Targeted Intervention. Connect for Education – 3-hour CE Module with videoconferencing. October 2013.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. Maryland P3 Program” The National Business Group on Health. Dallas, TX 2013.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “Medication Therapy Management: What the evidence shows”. CIPS National Roundtable May 2013.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “The Maryland P3 Program: A Collaborative Solution to Diabetes Management”, Howard County Government, MD, January 2012.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “The Maryland P3 Program: A Collaborative Solution to Diabetes Management”, Prince George’s County Government, Maryland , January 2012.

Nathanson, A., Shojai, D., Layson-Wolf, C. and Rodriguez de Bittner, M. Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes of Participants in a Diabetes Self-Management Program Utilizing Pharmacists as Coaches. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington March 2011.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “The Maryland P3 Program: A Collaborative Solution to Diabetes Management” American Public Health Association Forum Washington, DC, December 2011.

Rochester CD, Haines ST. The Pharmacist and Patient Centered Diabetes Care. A Certificate Training Program. American Pharmacist Association – 8-hour CE Workshop. In conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Baltimore, Maryland. October 2012, April 2012, October 2011, April 2011.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “The Maryland P3 Program: A Collaborative Solution to Diabetes Management” Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA, August 2011.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “Pharmacists in the Patient Centered Medical Home: Maryland Pilot Learning Collaborative” Presented to the Maryland Healthcare Commission, Baltimore, Maryland April, 2011.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “The Maryland P3 Program: Patients, Pharmacists and Partnerships” Amerigroup Health Plan, Maryland May 2011.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “The Maryland P3 Program: A Solution to Diabetes Care”, Maryland Diabetes Core Advisory Council, Baltimore, MD, February 2010.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “The Maryland P3 Program: Advocacy and Collaboration at the State Level” AACP Annual Meeting Seattle, Washington, July 2010.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “The Maryland P3 Program: An Overview” Maryland Association of Chain Drug Stores, Alexandria, VA July 2009.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. Is there a Role for Pharmacists?” National Pharmaceutical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, July 2009.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “The Maryland P3 Program” Maryland Rural Council, Annapolis, MD, October 2009.

Rochester CD, Lee C. The Pharmacist and Patient Centered Diabetes Care. A Certificate Training Program. American Pharmacist Association – 8-hour CE Workshop. In conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Hagerstown, Maryland. October 2007, April 2007.

Rodriguez de Bittner, M. “Maryland P3 Project: An Update” MPhA Annual Meeting Ocean City, MD June 2006.