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When patients are seen by a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner for a traditional 15-minute appointment at Empower3, those 15 minutes have been preceded by a pharmacist speaking with the patient.
By Loren Bonner, senior editor
JULY 28, 2017 – When they are not seeing patients, health care providers at Empower3 Center for Health share an open office. This is often where Vinnie Longhi, PharmD, one of the pharmacists employed at the clinic, can exercise his medication problem-solving skills. Health care providers at the clinic often consult with pharmacists about complicated patient cases and rely on them for medication advice. As Longhi put it half-jokingly: “I solve mysteries.” “Here we work directly with pharmacists, and I find it invaluable both in that the pharmacist will see every patient I see (with some exceptions), review their medications, and also see if there are more cost-effective ways to do things,” said Vincent Capone, PA-C, a physician assistant at Empower3, which is located in Altoona, PA.
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