AMCP exposes students to a unique area of pharmacy called managed care, which deals with developing cost-effective outcomes to serve an entire population. Managed care pharmacists help determine what medications should be covered by health insurance to ensure people are receiving the most appropriate medications.

The UU-AMCP (Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy) is focused on using managed care principles to improve health care for all. The UU-AMCP (Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy) is the newest student chapter at our college.  Student members can get involved in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee Local Competition.  Our chapter's best P&T team is also eligible to attend and compete at the Spring Annual Conference.  Membership also includes a subscription to the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy (JMCP) and the Daily Dose newsletter.  Student members from our local chapter have found leadership opportunities as the UU-AMCP (Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy) delegate in the APhA-ASP (American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists) House of Delegates and have been selected for the competitive summer internship program.  Members are also eligible for reimbursement from our local chapter and ASUU (Associated Students of the University of Utah) to attend the Fall Educational and Spring Annual conferences. 

Managed Care Pharmacy

Managed care pharmacists serve patients and the public through the promotion of wellness and rational drug therapy by the application of managed care principles. Managed care pharmacy involves a wide range of concepts including pharmacoeconomics, drug use evaluation, disease management, and outcomes research to name a few.

Managed Care integrates the financing and delivery of appropriate health services by arrangements with selected providers to furnish a comprehensive set of health care services. Pharmacists can be involved in creating standards for the selection of health care providers and in formal programs for ongoing quality assurance and utilization review.  Pharmacists employed within managed health care organizations are responsible for a broad and diversified range of clinical, quality-oriented drug management services.

As a pharmacist, regardless of where you choose to practice, you can benefit by understanding the concepts of managed care pharmacy. Managed care pharmacy allows the practitioner to view patient care through all realms of health care - inpatient, outpatient, and ambulatory care.

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