If you’re taking prescriptions, you may have encountered this scenario: You get asked what medications you’re taking and why, but you can’t remember what each pill is called, let alone what your dosage is or why you’re taking it! Medication Therapy Management is designed to help you understand why you’re taking your medications, and to ensure that they work properly together.
How does a Medication Therapy Management Program Work?
During your appointment, you and your healthcare provider will discuss:
- Side effects of your medications
- Potential interactions between drugs you’re taking
- If your medication costs can decrease
- Any problems you may be experiencing
After your appointment, you’ll receive three documents:
- A Cover Letter
- A Medication Action Plan
- A Personal Medication List
The Cover Letter states general information about your appointment, such as the date and location. Your Medication Action Plan will include your healthcare provider’s recommendations and describe any changes they believe would make your medications more effective. The Personal Medication List details all the medications you take and why you take them. You can put a copy of this list in your wallet, or take a picture of it with your phone, so that you can reference it in the future. Having a detailed list of your prescriptions on hand can be especially helpful in case you ever find yourself receiving emergency medical care.
Am I Eligible for Medication Therapy Management (MTM)?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires every Part D plan to provide a Medication Therapy Management program for patients. The CMS reviews the program descriptions each year to ensure that whenever you sign up, you are getting the highest benefit from the program and from your medications.
How Do I Sign Up for Medication Therapy Management?
Medication Therapy Management is provided by your local pharmacist or healthcare professional. After you’ve confirmed with your Part D carrier that you’re eligible to receive MTM, you can make an appointment.
You don’t need to be new to Medicare to qualify for Medication Therapy Management. As long as your Part D carrier says that you’re eligible, you can make an appointment regardless of how long you’ve been on Medicare.
Medicare recommends that you schedule your MTM appointment before your annual wellness visit so that you can discuss what you learned with your doctor. He or she can address any concerns that you may have, and change your prescriptions if necessary. However, if you have serious concerns at any point about your medications, don’t wait to consult with your doctor.
Should I Sign Up for Medication Therapy Management?
You should consider making an appointment for Medication Therapy Management if you’re eligible. If you receive prescriptions from more than one doctor, MTM can help ensure that your medications don’t interact negatively with each other and that you’re only taking what you need to. MTM can be a helpful tool to help you keep your health in check.
Nothing on this website should ever be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult with your medical provider regarding diagnosis or treatment for a health condition, including decisions about the correct medication for your condition, as well as prior to undertaking any specific exercise or dietary routine.