Medication management is a key component of quality home health care. Medication related issues are a leading cause of hospitalization/re-hospitalization for all patients, but especially for older patients. Several care transition coordination demonstration projects have significantly decreased hospital readmissions, healthcare costs and mortality of community dwelling patients through improved medication education and management. Home health staff are in a perfect position to positively impact medication management because home health clinicians are in the homes of patients and can readily recognize concerns and issues as well as significantly impact better medication management.
Home Health value based purchasing, Star ratings, Home Health Compare and IMPACT have all targeted aspects of medication management as key outcomes as part of their quality initiatives. In addition, medication related deficiencies are among the top cited issues in home health certification surveys. It takes the entire home health team working together to address this vital aspect of health care to make a difference and improve the quality of care for those we serve every day.
Given the focus on achieving improved outcomes in home care and the numerous programs that are looking at the role of post-acute care in reducing hospital admissions and readmissions, medication management will remain a key issue that must be actively addressed in home care.
In this program, expert speaker Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, will discuss available tools and strategies that can be used by all members of the home health team to decrease issues related to medication use, misuse, adverse reactions and ineffective medication therapy.
Who should attend?
At the Q&A session following the live event, ask a question and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.
- Sharon Litwin
Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, has been involved in health care in numerous health care setting over the span of her career. She has been involved in nearly every aspect of home health care over the last three decades including direct clinical care, supervision, administration and quality improvement.