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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

Download these resources to learn more about the Medication Safety Network.

View resources for patients and families.

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

Jim Turpin
Project Director

Oct. 11 Webinar

Resources to Enhance Medication Management with Patients

Register today for this webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. CT to observe the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center's event "A Review of Patient Activation & Prescription Drug Monitoring: Resources to Enhance Medication Management with Patients." This webinar is open to health care providers, practitioners, partners, beneficiaries, families and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs), and will cover two medication management resources: the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs).

Oct. 18 Webinar

October Clinical Pharmacist-led Call: Medication Safety and Adverse Drug Event Reduction

Register today for TMF Quality Innovation Network's monthly Clinical Pharmacist-led Call on Oct. 18, 2017, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. CT. Providers in 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.

Sept. 25 Event

Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute Annual Pain Symposium

Register today for the Johns Hopkins Pain Symposium on opioid stewardship across the care continuum on Sept. 25, 2017, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT. The symposium will focus on current trends in pain management and opioid stewardship across the United States, recent regulatory changes that affect prescribing of opioids and strategies for clinicians to effectively manage patients' pain while making judicious use of opioids.

Oct. 17 Event

Missouri Opioid Crisis Summit in Southwest Missouri

Register today for the Missouri Opioid Crisis Summit hosted by Joplin City Health Department and One Joplin on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 P.M. CT. State and national health care and drug enforcement professionals along with the Joplin City Health Department will discuss the opioid epidemic in southwest Missouri to identify issues and solutions on this important topic.

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