Preventing Readmissions through Medication Management

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According to Hubbard and McNeill (2012), avoidable readmissions are caused in large part by adverse medication events. In general, it is estimated that about 30 percent of adverse medication events can be prevented which can, in turn, lead to fewer hospital readmissions (Pretorius, Gataric, Swedlund & Miller, 2013). While there are many causes of adverse medication events, some events can be prevented through medication management. In ambulatory care, it is estimated that one in five patients take inappropriate medications (Pretorius, Gataric, Swedlund & Miller, 2013). This can also potentially lead to hospital admissions and readmissions. Other factors that can increase readmission are medication non-compliance, high-risk medications in the older adult, and the number of prescribed medications (Picker et al., 2015). As an ambulatory care provider, you can help mitigate these problems through medication management.

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According to Hubbard and McNeill (2012), avoidable readmissions are caused in large part by adverse medication events. In general, it is estimated that about 30 percent of adverse medication events can be prevented which can, in turn, lead to fewer hospital readmissions (Pretorius, Gataric, Swedlund & Miller, 2013). While there are many causes of adverse medication events, some events can be prevented through medication management. In ambulatory care, it is estimated that one in five patients take inappropriate medications (Pretorius, Gataric, Swedlund & Miller, 2013). This can also potentially lead to hospital admissions and readmissions. Other factors that can increase readmission are medication non-compliance, high-risk medications in the older adult, and the number of prescribed medications (Picker et al., 2015). As an ambulatory care provider, you can help mitigate these problems through medication management.

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