American Pharmacists Association Dedicates Annual Digest to Kathleen Johnson

Professor Kathleen Johnson was devoted to her pursuits both within the USC School of Pharmacy and beyond, including work with the APhA’s Medication Therapy Management Survey Advisory Board, which is now recognizing her contributions with a special dedication in their 5th edition of the Medication Therapy Management Digest.

“A distinguished leader in the pharmacy profession, Kathy’s career was marked by innovative projects that have been integral in the current national movement to expand the role of the pharmacist as the medication expert on the health care team,” reads the dedication. “Her work to improve medication use and safety generally—and for vulnerable, uninsured populations specifically—distinguished her with national and international recognition.”

The subhead of this edition of the digest is “Pharmacists Emerging as Interdisciplinary Health Care Team Members.” In addition to Johnson, other members of the MTM Survey Advisory Board who contributed to the digest are Jon Schommer, University of Minnesota; Lourdes Planas, University of Oklahoma; and William Doucette, University of Iowa.

“Kathy was a highly valued member of the Medication Therapy Management Survey Advisory Board and contributed to the Medication Therapy Management Digest since its inception,” continues the dedication in the publication. “She was an integral part of our research team, a respected colleague, and a cherished friend.”

The research reported in the digest discusses survey results from providers and payers about MTM services collected since 2007. Among the report’s findings are that medication therapy management is on a growth curve, with 70 percent of providers who replied stating that they have more patients receiving MTM in 2012 than in 2010. It also found that 34 percent of providers expect an increase in the number of contact opportunities in 2013.

The APhA announcement about the publication noted that “MTM services are now being provided integrated care models, such as accountable care organizations and medical homes.”

At the USC School of Pharmacy, Johnson served as vice dean of clinical affairs and outcomes sciences and chair of the Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy. She died on July 24, 2012, in Bordeaux, France, resulting from injuries sustained in a fall.

A PDF of the digest is available at http://www.pharmacist.com/sites/default/files/files/MTMDigest_2013.pdf.