Reconcile Medications to Prevent Readmissions

Reconcile Medications to Prevent Readmissions 

In hospitals alone, it is estimated that medication errors are the cause of over 400,000 patient deaths each year (James, 2013). Furthermore, for patients who had to visit hospitals, it was found, on average, that 25 percent of a person’s current medications were omitted on their records and, when discharged, patients left without continuing their chronic mediations (Lau, Florax, Porsius, & De Boer, 2000). This is all while patients frequently receive new medications or have their medications changed during their hospitalization (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ], 2016), further compounding medication errors. Reconciling a patient’s medications is an important process to prevent adverse drug events (ADEs) and safeguard a patient’s health. As you will learn in this course, the reconciliation process should be systematized and incorporate five key steps. Furthermore, you will learn that the reconciliation process requires a collaborative approach between all vested parties in order to be successful. Lastly, you will discuss special considerations for a particularly vulnerable population to medication errors. This course is intended for healthcare providers and care planners, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and care managers/coordinators.


Hours: 0.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PI-0-P4PC4
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Explain the importance of implementing a systematic process for managing and reconciling medications.
List the five steps and six factors important in creating a successful medication reconciliation process.
Implement specific medication reconciliation components for older adults.
Evaluate components of your reconciliation process against PQRS, PCMH, and NCQA standards.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Medication Reconciliation Process A. Meet Tokiko B. The Importance of Medication Reconciliation C. A Five-Step Reconciliation Process D. Six Measureable, Systematic Factors E. Three Components of a Successful Reconciliation System F. Considerations for Older Adults G. Reconciliation is a Collaborative Effort H. Tokiko: Opportunities for Reconciliation Section 3: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Course Contributors D. Resources E. References

Staff Writer: Justin Hess, MS
Justin Hess, M.S. received his Masters of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University and is currently pursuing his doctorate in the same discipline. He has almost 10 years of experience in working with organizations for the purposes of assessment, selection, training, organizational and leadership development, and project management. In these roles, he has directly hired and developed over 85 internal personnel, while also acting as a liaison and directing projects for over 100 external personnel. In the realm of learning, Justin has taught university courses on talent, staffing, and selection, and he has reviewed, managed, or written content for over 400 e-learning courses. Justin is currently the Product Manager for Assessments at Relias. Disclosure: Justin Hess, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Lisa Hohlbein, RN, CDP
Lisa Hohlbein, RN, CDP brings over 25 years of healthcare experience and offers cutting-edge expertise in the areas of the RAI process and clinical reimbursement systems. Her experience includes performing and overseeing various reimbursement reviews for Medicaid and PPS in multi-state, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care, and sub-acute care assessment and operations. Lisa has presented workshops on a variety of topics at the facility, regional, state, national, and international (Canada) levels. She was a Master Teacher with AANAC, participated on their Expert Advisory Panel, and has presented at their annual conferences. Lisa has also been a contributor to MDS Alert, Provider Magazine, LT Living, and AANAC's LTC Leader. Lisa is also a Certified INTERACT Educator, Certified Dementia Care Practitioner, and was previously a Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer. Disclosure: Lisa Hohlbein, RN, CDP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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