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.
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.