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Medication Safety Network

Network Overview

National estimates suggest that adverse drug events (ADEs) contribute an additional $3.5 billion to U.S. health care costs. Given the U.S. population’s large and ever-increasing magnitude of medication exposure, the potential for harm from ADEs are a critical patient safety and public health challenge.
The Medication Safety Network is working with providers, pharmacists, pharmacies and stakeholders to reduce and monitor ADE rates.

A Community-Based Approach

To reduce and prevent the incidence of ADEs, we are convening community groups throughout the region that treat Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) beneficiaries taking three or more medications, including at least one of these high-risk medications: anticoagulants, diabetic agents and/or opioids.

Our goals include reducing ADEs by 35 percent per 1,000 screened Medicare FFS beneficiaries by 2019, and to monitor ADE rates in these patients on anticoagulants, diabetic agents or opioids by care setting, state, region and readmission rate. View our fact sheet (PDF) for an expanded view of our project.

Why Participate?

Our consultants work directly with you and your staff to implement solutions and interventions to bring about lasting change in your facility and community. As a member of the Medication Safety Network, you work with industry experts to:

  • Increase patient-centered care by coordinating provider communication regarding evidence-based medication therapy management and medication reconciliation across care settings
  • Develop and utilize ADE prevention toolkits in all care settings
  • Develop and utilize data reports that track ADE rates by beneficiary on anticoagulants, diabetic agents and opioids for participating community partners and providers

By joining our network your organization receives:

  • Inclusion in an “all participate, all learn” collaborative with peer organizations
  • Structured exchanges of information in live, web-based and online formats
  • Free educational opportunities including conferences and webinars
  • Practical insight on the complexities of adapting interventions
  • Positive reinforcement of participants’ contributions gleaned from field experience and innovations
  • A relentless focus on finding new ways to help providers and creating value for the participants

Download this fact sheet (PDF) and view these videos to learn more about how you or your facility will benefit from joining the Medication Safety Network.

Join the Medication Safety Network

All providers are encouraged to join our network to help reduce ADEs for all patients and facilities. To join, click here to create a free website account and follow the prompts.

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Quick Links

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Contact Information

Contact Us
Medication Safety
Fax: 512-334-1775

State Contacts
Julie Kettlewell
State Program Director

Niki Carver, PharmD
TMF Pharmacist Consultant

Dorothy Andrae
State Program Director

Dana Lammert
Program Manager

Gayla Middlestead
State Program Director

Puerto Rico
Giovanna Fox
Puerto Rico Program Director

Ilia Ferrer
Program Lead

Vanessa Andow
Project Director

Dec. 20 Webinar

December Medication Safety Advisory Group

Register today for TMF Quality Innovation Network's monthly Medication Safety Advisory Group on Dec. 20, 2017, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. CT. Providers throughout the region are invited to participate in this call to improve care for Medicare patients by learning about medication reconciliation among providers; reducing adverse drug events and polypharmacy; reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions; improving medication adherence; and best practices, lessons learned and evidence-based guidelines from other providers in the region. Note: This event was previously titled "Clinical Pharmacist-led Call."

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