Tools & Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are the answers to frequently asked questions about the pharmacy practice model initiative. If you have a question that does not appear in this list, please contact us and let us know.

What is the Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI)?

PPMI is an initiative of ASHP and the ASHP Foundation to advance the health and well being of patients by developing and supporting a futuristic practice model that efficiently utilizes pharmacists as direct patient care providers.  Implementing this initiative also will instill passion, commitment, and pro-activeness amongst hospital and health-system pharmacy practice leaders.  PPMI goals are to meet 5 different objectives that look to expand the role of a pharmacist in patient care.  These objectives include: creating a framework, determining services, identifying emerging technologies, developing a template, and implementing change.   Please read the PPMI Overview for more information.

What can I do to get involved with PPMI?

Getting involved in PPMI can occur on a variety of levels.  Many examples can be found on the on this website by viewing practice spotlights, case studies, and webinars. You can also learn more ways to get involved by participating in our PPMI CommunityExternal Link on ASHP Connect.

What is the difference between the Hospital Self-Assessment Tool (HSA) and the National Dashboard?

The National Dashboard are a set of goals and measures designed to provide a national, baseline measure of adoption of PPMI recommendations and allow measurement of progress over time.  The HSA is a tool consisting of 106 questions that is designed to assess an individual hospital’s alignment with PPMI recommendations.  The National Dashboard is similar to the HSA, but it is an aggregate measure of the national baseline for health-systems as a whole.  The National Dashboard is measured annually through the ASHP National Survey. Learn more

How is ASHP measuring progress with the PPMI recommendations?

ASHP is measuring the progress with PPMI recommendations through both the HSA and National Dashboard.  These tools help measure the adoption of PPMI recommendations at a given institution and health-systems as a whole. 

Where can I find a copy of the PPMI recommendations?

The PPMI recommendations are expressed in the PPMI Summit ProceedingsExternal Link published in the June 15th, 2011 issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.   

What is the difference between ASHP 2015 Initiative and PPMI?

The ASHP 2015 Initiative was a member driven plan that emphasized the pharmacist’s role in promoting public health and ensuring safe and effective use of medications. PPMI is an initiative that stemmed from the vision of 2015 that focused on the pharmacist’s accountability for patient outcomes; advanced roles for pharmacy technicians; and use of technologies that improved medication safety.  Essentially, 2015 evolved into PPMI to address, in a broader scope, the expanding roles of a pharmacist in relations to patient care. Learn more