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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

Dorothy Andrae
State Program Director

Dana Lammert
Program Manager

Vanessa Andow
Project Director

Feb. 12 MSAG Webinar

Medication Safety Affinity Group: Diabetes Medications and Older Adults: A Focus on Safety

Register today to attend this webinar, hosted by the TMF Quality Innovation Network on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to noon CT. Health care providers in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas are invited to join us for an open discussion centered around safety with diabetes medications. We will discuss concerns with both oral medications and insulin in the elderly population. This meeting is an opportunity to share your ideas and recent barriers you have experienced. Hennie Garza, MSPharm, RPh, project director, pharmacist with TMF Health Quality Institute will be the featured speaker.

Feb. 14 Call

New Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies Call

Register today to attend this call hosted by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies. The call takes place Thursday, Feb. 14 from 12:30 - 2 p.m. CT. CMS implemented new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans effective Jan. 1. The new policies include: improved safety alerts when patients fill opioid prescriptions at the pharmacy; and drug management programs for patients at-risk for misuse or abuse of opioids or other drugs. During this call, CMS experts discuss the new policies and answer questions. Prior to the call, participants should review the following materials: Training materials, including slide decks and tip sheets for prescribers, pharmacists, and patients; A Prescriber’s Guide to the New Medicare Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies for 2019 MLN Matters Article; Reducing Opioid Misuse webpage for more information on the CMS strategy.

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