For a pediatric accountable care organization (ACO) that contracts with Ohio’s Medicaid managed care plans, improving care for children would be a much more difficult job without the expertise of pharmacists who understand the unique needs of those patients. “Our MCO partners are often really well versed in the adult patient population and chronic diseases that afflict their adult patients — but sometimes the pediatric population’s chronic conditions are different, and those pediatric patients’ needs are much different,” Brigid Groves, a clinical pharmacist specializing in population health at Columbus-based Nationwide Children’s Hospital, tells AIS Health.
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