Comprehensive Medication Management
How is CMM Different from MTM?
Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) and Medication Therapy Management (MTM) are terms that are often used interchangeably, as both services entail reviewing a patient’s medications in light of their current health status, identifying medication therapy problems, providing recommendations for adjustments in medication therapies, as warranted, and helping address patient adherence issues.
However, MTM has taken on many different definitions and meanings over the years and has no distinct patient care process associated with it. In other words, when MTM is delivered, it is often not clear exactly what the intervention is and what steps are being carried out to care for the patient. CMM, however, is a comprehensive patient care process, with a clear definition and a set of essential functions and operational definitions that explicitly outline the steps required to deliver the intervention consistently.
Access to a patient’s medical record, assessment of the patient’s clinical status, collaboration with other healthcare providers to optimize the individual’s medication therapy regimen, and provision of patient monitoring and follow-up are other key requirements for CMM. The ultimate goal of CMM is to improve clinical outcomes, reduce overall healthcare costs, improve patients’ medication experience, and achieve patients’ personal goals of therapy through the optimization of medications.