What is the Taking Control of Your Health program?


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The Taking Control of Your Health Program (TCOYH) program is a patient self-management program offered to Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA) members to support their efforts in reducing the unnecessary costs associated with managing chronic conditions. This program has the potential to reduce medical costs, reduce absenteeism, increase medication adherence rates and the overall health of participants. 

This program is built on a “mutual accountability” model that includes employer incentives of waived or reduced co-pays when participating employees agree to meet face-to-face with a qualified pharmacist coach at least four times a year. Meetings are focused on teaching participants the skills necessary to  monitor their condition and improve their health. Currently, the TCOYH program offers support for those with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. 

Offered to IPhA members, the TCOYH program is run in collaboration with IPhA and Midwest Business Group on Health's (MBGH) purchasing affiliate, the Midwest Health Purchasers Foundation (MHPF).

The Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA) and the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) have partnered to provide employers and their covered employees with the chronic disease management program, Taking Control of Your Health (TCOYH). The program utilizes a proven value-based benefits model that improves the quality of care and reduces overall health care costs for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

Program Overview

An employer-sponsored patient self-management program that utilizes specially trained pharmacists to conduct face-to-face meetings with the employee to help educate, motivate and empower them to better manage their condition.

  • Replication of the highly successful diabetes self-management program, the Asheville Project;
  • Employers waive co-pays for medications and related supplies for chronic conditions such as diabetes;
  • Employees voluntarily participate in regular visits with specially trained local pharmacists
  • Pharmacists are paid to conduct regular screenings, coaching and coordinate care with physicians.

Benefits of Participation

A tested, innovative health benefits solution, in line with value-based benefits that can: 

  • Improve delivery of care through an integrated care model that encourages collaboration among all health care stakeholders;
  • Empower participants to better manage their chronic condition and improve their overall health;
  • Provide employers support by providing a link between covered employees and dependents with certified, community pharmacists;
  • Inform participant's physician with results and findings obtained during pharmacist visits;
  • Gives a program certificate to qualified participants that acknowledges attainment of a preferred level of skill in managing their condition;
  • Provide participating employers (with >50 participants enrolled) clinical, economic and participant satisfaction reports after 12 months in the program.

Keys to Success: Incentives and Motivation 

The program model aligns incentives to encourage collaboration among health care stakeholders to teach participants how to better self-manage their condition and improve their overall health. The improved self-management results in a reduction in preventable hospitalizations and other high cost medical services. Aligned economic incentives begin with the employer who provides an incentive to participants,  such as reduced or waived co-payments for diabetes-related medication while active in the program: and provides payment to the certified diabetes educators and pharmacists for providing education and diabetes care management. The employer will receive a return on investment as a result of healthier workers, decreased absenteeism, and a decrease in overall health care costs. 

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