Case Management

Sneak Peek: Reduce medication errors to prevent readmissions

Case Management Weekly, March 14, 2012

If you're looking to reduce your hospital's 30-day readmission rate, it's time to focus in on a major culprit-adverse events related to medication.

These events are fairly common, but they are also preventable if case managers take an active role and ensure patients know what pills they should take after they leave the hospital.

Proper medication reconciliation plays a key role in preventing readmissions.

Granted, this is a tough area for case managers-after all, medication reconciliation isn't your job. But just because you don't have direct responsibility doesn't mean you shouldn't play a part in the process, says Jane Alberico, MS, RN, CEN, director of organizational development for Medical City Dallas and Medical City Children's Hospital.

To contribute to reducing readmissions, case managers should get the most accurate medication information from patients and direct care providers. This helps them obtain proper follow-up home visits if they qualify, and make sure the organization commits to a smooth process of medication reconciliation.

This item is adapted from an article which originally appeared in the February, 2012 issue of the eight-page, HCPro, Inc. newsletter, Case Management Monthly.

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