ASHP comments on proposed revisions to medication reconciliation

Accreditation Connection, May 31, 2010

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is happy with the proposed revisions made by The Joint Commission to the medication reconciliation National Patient Safety Goal, according to an official statement on its Web site. The organization believes these changes give more freedom to organizations when implementing their own process to comply with the goal.

ASHP has also posted additional feedback on its site. While ASHP agrees with the proposed changes, they also suggest some changes of their own. Some of these include:

  • Changing “obtain information” from the patient regarding medications to “obtain a medication list” to make the requirement more specific and useful.
  • Further clarifying the definition of medication.
  • Ensuring that the hospital collects at a minimum the name, dose, route, and dosing frequency of each drug, at a minimum.

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