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Medication Management

Nurse Talking with Senior Patient Medical Team

Medication management is one area known to reduce avoidable readmissions. Its components include medication reconciliation, medication therapy management, reduction of adverse drug events, teach-back for medication understanding, patient medication wallet cards, and medication adherence. Healthcare providers working on this topic will focus on process improvements that impact any medication management component.

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8Ps Risk Assessment Tool

From the Society of Hospital Medicine, this screening tool helps to identify a patient's risk for adverse events after discharge and screens for (1) problems with medications, (2) psychological issues, (3) principal diagnosis, (4) physical limitations, (5) poor health literacy, (6) patient support, (7) prior hospitalizations, and (8) palliative care.

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Consumer Medication Safety Tools, a website developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, offers tools and resources about high-alert medications and medication safety.

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How to Create a Pill Card

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), this guide is designed to help users create an easy-to-use pill card for patients and/or family caregivers to keep track of their medicines. 

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Improving Medication Safety in High-Risk Medicare Beneficiaries

This documentation tool from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) assists with medication evaluation and drug-use problem identification in order to improve safety in high-risk Medicare beneficiaries.

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Medication Management in Care Transitions Best Practices

This document comprises best-practice medication management models, compiled by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Pharmacists Association (ASHP- APhA).

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Worst Pills, Best Pills: Adverse Drug Reactions

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. While some ADRs are not very serious, others cause the death, hospitalization, or serious injury of more than 2 million people in the United States each year. This paper outlines the seriousness of the problem and why older adults are more likely than younger adults to experience ADRs.

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