Medication Reconciliation: Practical Strategies and Tools for Compliance

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Medication Reconciliation: Practical Strategies and Tools for Compliance

Molly Clark, PharmD, MHA 

Medication reconciliation is a crucial step in preventing medical errors, and it has become an increased focus of regulators across the healthcare continuum as organizations concentrate on improving patient safety and quality of care. Medication Reconciliation: Practical Strategies and Tools for Compliance focuses on establishing a reliable medication reconciliation process for patients as they move from setting to setting. Maintaining the accuracy of a patient’s medication list is at the heart of medication reconciliation. This book will provide a framework to ensure the prevention of medication-related errors and bring a fresh perspective to an issue that has plagued healthcare facilities for decades. 

This book will help you by: 

  • Examining the current regulatory requirements for medication reconciliation 
  • Looking at the increased role of CMS in the reconciliation process 
  • Providing strategies to effectively reconcile medications 
  • Explaining how medication reconciliation helps prevent adverse events 
  • Addressing medication reconciliation across multiple settings, not just inpatient care 

About the Author: 

Molly Clark, PharmD, MHA, is senior executive director of quality and safety at Sanford Health, where she has worked since 2007. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Drake University in 2003 and then completed her postgraduate residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago; there, she stayed on as a clinical pharmacist and then moved into a patient safety role, with a focus on medication reconciliation research. She completed her Master of Healthcare Administration degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2010. In her current role, Clark oversees quality, patient safety, performance and process improvement, patient experience, and clinical standardization.

Published: November 2016

Pages: 166
Format: 7x9
ISBN: 978-1-68308-139-5

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Making Medication Reconciliation an Organizational Priority
    • Engaging Leadership, Physicians, and Staff in Medication Reconciliation
    • The Business Case for Medication Reconciliation
  • Chapter 2: External Considerations
    • Regulatory Requirements
    • Pay-for-Performance Implications
  • Chapter 3: Building a Successful Medication Reconciliation Infrastructure
    • Assembling a Leadership and Design Team
    • Additional Stakeholders
    • Building Your Charter: Determining the Scope, Goals, and Objectives 
  • Chapter 4: Designing Successful Medication Reconciliation Programs
    • Med Rec Team Models 
  • Chapter 5: Effective Training and Implementation
    • Elements of Collecting an Accurate Medication History
    • Involve Clinical Informatics in Training 
  • Chapter 6: Medication Reconciliation Across the Continuum of Care
    • Ambulatory and Outpatient Settings
    • Reconcile Medications in Outpatient Settings
    • Postacute Transitions of Care
  • Chapter 7: Medication Adherence
    • Understanding the Problem
    • Strategies to Assess and Improve Adherence
    • Activating Patients and Involving Families to Improve Adherence