A MedsCheck provides an in-pharmacy review of a consumer’s medicines, focusing on education and self-management and aims to:
- Identify problems that the consumer may be experiencing with their medicines;
- Help the consumer learn more about their medicines including how medicines affect medical conditions;
- Improve the effective use of medicines by consumers; and
- Educate consumers about how to best use and store their medicines.
A Diabetes MedsCheck provides an in-pharmacy review of medications with a focus on the consumer’s type 2 diabetes medicines management, monitoring devices, education and self-management. This service is targeted at consumers who are unable to gain timely access to other diabetes education or health services in their community and aims to:
- Optimise a consumer’s effective use of medicine through improving understanding of, and compliance with, their diabetes medication therapy;
- Improve a consumer’s effective use of blood glucose monitoring devices through training and education;
- Improve blood glucose control; and
- Reduce the risk of the consumer developing complications associated with type 2 diabetes.
A MedsCheck service has the following elements:
- Identifying an eligible consumer who may benefit from a MedsCheck/Diabetes MedsCheck service.
- Discussing the service with the consumer and/or consumer’s carer and getting informed consent.
- Scheduling and preparing for the MedsCheck consultation:
- Request the consumer bring all current medicines (prescription, non-prescription and complementary medicines) and any medication/monitoring devices to the appointment; and
- Prepare a list of the consumer’s medicines from the pharmacy’s dispensary records.
- Conducting the consultation in a screened area or separate room that is distinct from the general public area of a pharmacy:
- Gather relevant information and reviewing and discussing the use of all medicines and medication/monitoring devices;
- Develop a written Action Plan including agreed consumer goals and actions and any agreed follow-up with the consumer’s GP and/or other healthcare provider(s);
- Provide the consumer with a copy of the Consumer Report which is the Medicines List and Action Plan; and
- Arrange any agreed follow-up actions.
- Claiming for payment including having the patient sign and confirm informed consent using the MedsCheck Program Payment Application form and MedsCheck Claim Coversheet.
- Filing the consultation documentation.
For more information on conducting the MedsCheck services, refer to the MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck Service Checklist.
Applying to provide MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck services
A MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck service must be conducted in an approved Section 90 pharmacy.
- Review the 5CPA General Terms and Conditions and the MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck Program Specific Guidelines (July 2012).
- Review the Medication Management Review Programs Terms and Conditions.
- Apply to the Department of Human Services (Medicare) using the Medication Management Review Programs Service Provider Application.
Note: pharmacies who have already applied or who are already approved to provide Home Medicines Review, Residential Medication Management Review and/or Quality Use Medicines need only complete those sections in the form applicable to MedsCheck.
Pharmacies should note that they will not be able to claim for MedsCheck services until they have received notification from Department of Human Services (Medicare) of their approval as a MedsCheck services provider.
Click on the links below to access further information and resources:
MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck Pilot
Information about the MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck Pilot is available here