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Hospital improves medication reconciliation compliance by improving past practices

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, February 1, 2008

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Mandatory training programs, leadership involvement, and frequent audits helped Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago increase its medication reconciliation compliance more than 60% in some areas, such as inpatient admissions. Currently, in all units, medication reconciliation is above The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) standard of 90%. Not only that, but when evaluated, it was found that compliance had a direct effect in lowering potential patient harm. Molly McDaniel, PharmD, former quality leader for patient safety at Northwestern, was involved in a research grant regarding medication reconciliation at the hospital supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. McDaniel served as a speaker at the December 2007 HCPro audioconference "Medication Reconciliation Update: Must-haves for Joint Commission compliance in 2008."

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