The case for medication reconciliation
Post-discharge medication reconciliation lowers readmissions
Medication reconciliation is the process of reviewing all of a patient’s medication lists to identify possible errors or duplication, and requires the compilation of a complete drug list.
This is an important issue for post-acute providers, as prescription errors are especially prevalent in older patients who are more likely to take multiple medications and whose physiological ability to absorb, process, and respond to drugs has been altered by the aging process.
Both facility-based providers and home health care agencies alike are interested in opportunities to hardwire medication reconciliation into their regular patient procedures post-discharge as a means of reducing readmissions and elevating quality.
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