Pharmacist Collaborative Practice Agreements: Who, What, Why, & How

In 2015, cardiovascular disease contributed to one in three deaths. A team-based, patient-centered approach to care facilitates communication and coordination among health care team members and results in personalized, timely, and empowered patient care for those with cardiovascular disease or other chronic conditions.

Pharmacists are well positioned to assist the health care team in treatment and management of chronic disease due to their expert knowledge and training in medication management as well as their high accessibility to the public. A collaborative practice agreement (CPA) creates a formal practice relationship between a pharmacist and a collaborating prescriber. The collaborating prescriber is most often a physician but, depending on state laws, could also be a nurse practitioner or other health care professional. When you take this training, you will learn how to improve patient outcomes by developing a CPA.

This training is intended for pharmacists, who are eligible to receive free continuing education for completing the training. It is also intended for prescribers, decisionmakers, and public health practitioners who are interested in expanding team-based care and developing CPAs.

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours of CPE credit (0.15 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-9999-18-249-H04-P.

Pharmacist Collaborative Practice Agreements: Who, What, Why, & How is an online continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by ChangeLab Solutions, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Assocation.

Learning Objectives

After this training, you will be able to

  • Define collaborative practice agreements (CPAs) and identify their role in providing team-based care;
  • Describe when and how to use CPAs in an outpatient setting;
  • Consider approaches for developing a trusting relationship with another health care professional that may lead to development of a CPA; and
  • Identify resources available for pharmacists looking to establish a CPA.

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To accompany the training, we encourage you to download the toolkit Advancing Team-Based Care Through Collaborative Practice Agreements: A Resource and Implementation Guide for Adding Pharmacists to the Care Team.