May 2021
Case Study: Further Reducing the Risk of ADEs in a Participant with a Low MedWise Risk ScoreTM
AP is an 85-year-old male with a past medical history of hypertension, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with an enlarged prostate, peripheral vascular disease, atrial fibrillation, and vitamin D deficiency. His MedWise Risk Score (MRS) at the time of the medication safety review was 6 out of 50, which is categorized as low risk. Despite the participant’s low risk, a polypharmacy consultation was requested by the prescriber to optimize the participant’s medication regimen and reduce the risk of adverse effects, such as a detrimental fall.
Scientific Study Shows Correlation of Elevated MedWise Risk Score with Premature Death
Researchers from the Tabula Rasa HealthCare (TRHC) Precision Pharmacotherapy Research & Development Institute (PPR&DI), in collaboration with DARTNet and the University of Colorado, recently published an original research article titled “Longitudinal Association of a Medication Risk Score With Mortality Among Ambulatory Patients Acquired Through Electronic Health Record Data,” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety.

The study evaluated 427,103 health records and demonstrated that the MRS was able to identify medication regimens that put individuals at high risk for premature death, adjusting for multi-comorbidities and other conditions. The hazard ratio for those over 65 was 2.42, higher for the age group of 50-64 at 4.95, and even higher for younger age groups.

Having the MRS to help predict who is at risk for an adverse drug event empowers pharmacists and physicians, working together, to improve the safety of medication regimens. This also improves outcomes for participants, reduces utilization and total costs, and, as we now know, can prevent premature death.
Innovative Pharmacy Solutions Ensure PACE Success - LIFE St. Francis and Trinity LIFE Health
In celebration of our 10 years of excellence in the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), we spotlight LIFE St. Francis, Bordentown, New Jersey, and Trinity Health LIFE, Pennsauken, New Jersey - the first organizations to partner with CareKinesis.

In this story about the success of both of these clients, Lisa Zavorski, executive director of LIFE St. Francis, discusses that she is pleased with the organization’s long-term partnership with CareKinesis. “Over the years, CareKinesis has grown in quality, clinical initiative offerings, and how they support PACE programs. They keep up with the industry and assist with all of the challenges of managing a PACE organization."
The Trinity Health LIFE Team
Sister Marge Sullivan, executive director, Trinity Health LIFE, adds, “There’s always a sense that CareKinesis is doing one more thing to improve the care of our PACE participants. They
look at the quality and the efficacy of medications, as well as cost.”
Coming Soon: Door2Door Chain of Custody App
The soon to be released Door2Door app allows PACE plans to track, document, and audit the status of medication to the point of delivery, either to the participant or caregiver. The app is accessible from any connected device - smartphone, tablet, or computer - allowing custodial changes to be recorded at every point. It provides real-time status of medications in transit to the participant, eliminates the need for paper tracking, and tracks medication shipment chain of custody data. The app does not require any special downloads, and setup is quick and easy. To learn more, contact your CareKinesis client liaison, email info@carekinesis.com, or call 888-974-2763.
Save the Date! The Third Annual CareVention HealthCare Advisory Summit for PACE Executive Directors
Please save the updated dates for the third annual CareVention HealthCare Advisory Summit for PACE Executive Directors. This event will now be taking place on October 29-30, 2021, instead of November 4-5, 2021. This will still be a hybrid event, with the live component taking place at the JW Marriott in Orlando, Florida. More details and an invitation will follow.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the summit!
Join Us for the Next T21 Event - Engaging Book Club!
Join us for the next T21 event on June 15, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Ashley Bendiksen is a national speaker, award-winning activist, and best-selling author of The Language of Time. Her powerful memoir chronicles her journey as a caregiver to her mother who developed early-onset Alzheimer's at just 48 years old - a cause and community of which is now an advocate. Learn about Ashley's relatable experience of watching a loved one grow older through her book presentation.
Use the password: T21EE.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Donna Litten at DLitten@TRHC.com.
Webinars and Educational Offerings
CareKinesis offers live CE-accredited webinars through Tabula Rasa HealthCare University (TRHCU). Non-CE-accredited Clinical Advisory Panel (CAP) 2020 modules are also available on demand. New offerings for 2021 include MedWiseTM introduction sessions and COVID-19 immunization webinars.

June

  • 10 - EireneRx 101
  • 15 - T21 Experience featuring Ashley Bendiksen

For more information, contact your CareKinesis Client Liaison.