Department of Pharmacy
The Geisinger Ambulatory Clinic Pharmacy program has more than 90 ambulatory clinical pharmacists managing patients’ medications for over 20 medical conditions. Pharmacists are incorporated into clinical sites within four practice models: primary care disease management, specialty medicine disease management, home-based primary care and pharmacy tele-management (or non-traditional ‘telepharmacy’).
The primary care pharmacists are embedded within family practice and internal medicine sites across the health system. This practice model is based on a concept of comprehensive, high-value, office-based visits to achieve ongoing management and patient ownership of chronic disease patients at primary care sites. These pharmacists help to improve medication-related patient outcomes and assist primary care providers in decreasing healthcare costs and meeting quality benchmarks. Under collaborative practice agreements with providers, the pharmacists perform comprehensive medication reviews and medication reconciliation, identify and resolve medication-related problems, manage chronic disease states through evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of medication regimens (including titration and monitoring towards targeted patient outcomes), design patient-centered, cost-effective medication regimens, optimize polypharmacy and provide education to patients and providers.
Pharmacy students from regional schools of pharmacy rotate through our hospitals and clinics as part of their advanced pharmacy practice experience rotations.