Tamperproof: Securing Medication Reconciliation
What You Need to Know to Improve Adherence and Enhance Patient Safety
Since 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received thousands of reports of medication errors. According to The Joint Commission’s Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, “more than 40 percent of medication errors are believed to result from inadequate reconciliation in handoffs during admission, transfer and discharge of patients.”
One of the solutions for curbing this trend is to create a process to reconcile medication as patients transition through the healthcare system. According to URAC's PCHCH Achievement Guide, medication reconciliation is the process of creating the most accurate list possible of all medications a patient is taking – including drug name, dosage, frequency and route – and comparing that list against the physician's admission, transfer and/or discharge orders, with the goal of providing correct medications to the patient at all transition points.
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About the Webinar
A 2006 Institute of Medicine report estimated the cost of medication errors at more than $3.5 billion a year. In April 2007, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a report showing that the number of people treated for problems related to medication errors is rising. In 2008, 1.9 million people became sick or were injured from medication side effects or because they took or were given the wrong drug or dose.
Mounting evidence proves medication reconciliation to be a critical activity in reducing re-admissions, ER visits and medication errors. Recognizing the importance and complexity of medication reconciliation, the American Medical Association (AMA) convened an expert panel of physicians and pharmacists from across the United States to address medication reconciliation in the context of medication safety and, specifically, the physician’s role in medication reconciliation.
They determined through their discussion that medication reconciliation is essential to optimize the safe and effective use of medications. It is one element in the process of therapeutic use of medications and medication management for which physicians are ultimately held legally accountable.
Yet, questions remain as to when and by whom medication reconciliation should be done. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, medication reconciliation should be done at every transition of care in which new medications are ordered or existing orders are rewritten. Professionals at the point of care need to own the process in order to ensure consumer safety.
Help is on the way for professionals who seek to improve the process. Through the Recovery Act, the federal government and selected state government grants are funding health information exchanges (HIE) and are committing to tax refunds for hospitals and physicians who invest in electronic medical records.
Join us as we continue our series on the Patient Centered Health Care Home as a model to improve the delivery of care. One of the key duties of the PCHCH team will be to implement the process of medication reconciliation in the coordination of care. To learn about this important practice, gather your team to participate in a webinar where we will discuss medication reconciliation and how through application of the process, improvement in medication adherence and enhanced patient safety can be achieved.
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Who Should Attend
URAC has developed its Patient Centered Health Care Home (PCHCH) programs to educate and guide health care practices, and their sponsoring health plans, insurers and pilot programs through transformation into truly patient-centered health care homes. Learn more »
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How Does the Webinar Work?
The live audio is delivered to your location over the telephone or your computer speakers. The Power-Point presentations are presented over the Internet and are available to print out before the program. This is like a talk-radio program with visuals on the Web. You and your team will be able to have a live Q&A with all the speakers.