Behavioral Health IPF Collaborative Newsletter September 2017  


Recommendations for Medication Reconciliation (Part I)
Should be completed at each patient transition

Medication reconciliation should not just be another task to complete but a means to:
  • Ensure safety, accuracy, and appropriateness of medication therapy
  • Facilitate communication and understanding between the care team and the patient
Don't forget to ask about:
  • OTC Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Herbal supplements
  • Other non-prescription supplements
  • Substance abuse
As a part of comprehensive transition plan, the above should be discussed with:
  • The patient
  • The family
  • Outpatient primary care provider
  • Behavioral health providers
Reconciled medication list should include:
  • The purpose of each medication
  • The date the reconciliation was completed
Optimal medication list elements include:
  • Name of medication
  • Purpose of the medication
  • Side effects
  • How to take the medication
  • When to take the medication
  • Future anticipated dosage changes, e.g. titrating doses
  • Current changes in the medication regime
  • Formulary availability, cost and generic alternatives
  • Possible interactions with other medications and substances such as alcohol and food 
Source of recommendations:

Project RED Webinar #3
Tool 3: How to Deliver the Re-Engineered Discharge at Your Hospital
Friday, September 29, 2017
1:00-2:00 pm EST
This material was prepared by GMCF for Alliant Quality, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Georgia and North Carolina, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. Publication No. 11SOW-GMCFQIN-G1-17-51