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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

TMF QIN Oklahoma Conference

Register today to attend the Oklahoma Health Care Quality Improvement Conference, hosted by TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) in Oklahoma. The TMF QIN-QIO is hosting four free, in-person conference events throughout Oklahoma between September and November 2018. Health care professionals, community partners and others interested in health care quality improvement in Oklahoma are invited. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn free continuing education credits.

Sept. 25 Webinar

Medication Safety Affinity Group

Register today for this TMF Quality Innovation Network region-wide Medication Safety Affinity Group on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, 2 - 3 p.m. CT. Providers in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas are invited to join us for an open discussion around current prescribing guidelines and updates on morphine equivalent dosing limits. Bring your ideas and barriers to our discussion.

Oct. 11 Webinar

The Role of Data in the Opioid Crisis

Register today to attend this webinar on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Webinar attendees will explore existing data resources to help understand opioid prescription practices and drive improvements, identify best-practice methods for using data to decrease inappropriate opioid prescriptions and have the opportunity to collaborate and network with clinicians and leaders across the care continuum to reduce opioid misuse.

Oct. 18 Webinar

The Person & Family Engagement Initiative: BFCC-QIO Services for Medicare Beneficiaries

Register today for the TMF Quality Innovation Network webinar on The Person & Family Engagement Initiative on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, noon - 1 p.m. CT. Participants will learn more about the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care-Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO), KEPRO. KEPRO offers four free services to Medicare beneficiaries and their families: beneficiary complaints, discharge appeals, Immediate Advocacy and Patient Navigation. This webinar will focus on Patient Navigation, a program that helps Medicare patients navigate the heath care system and better understand the care they receive.

Oct. 31 Webinar

Remote Patient Monitoring Technologies to Improve Quality Outcomes - Reducing Readmissions

Register today for a discussion highlighting remote patient monitoring technology strategies and outcomes on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. - noon CT. Evidence from literature, as well as information from technology companies and services, will be reviewed to raise awareness of emerging strategies to improve quality of care and patient outcomes utilizing technology. Attendees will have the opportunity to free continuing education credits.

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