Team Approach to Manage Medications

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM Trainer
90 minutes
Product Description

Reducing Issues Related to Medication Use, Misuse, Adverse Reactions & Ineffective Medication Therapy in Home Health Care.

Medication management is a key component of quality home health care. Medication related issues are a leading cause of hospitalization/re-hospitalization for all patients, but especially for older patients. Several care transition coordination demonstration projects have significantly decreased hospital readmissions, healthcare costs and mortality of community dwelling patients through improved medication education and management. Home health staff are in a perfect position to positively impact medication management because home health clinicians are in the homes of patients and can readily recognize concerns and issues as well as significantly impact better medication management.

Home Health value based purchasing, Star ratings, Home Health Compare and IMPACT have all targeted aspects of medication management as key outcomes as part of their quality initiatives. In addition, medication related deficiencies are among the top cited issues in home health certification surveys. It takes the entire home health team working together to address this vital aspect of health care to make a difference and improve the quality of care for those we serve every day.

Given the focus on achieving improved outcomes in home care and the numerous programs that are looking at the role of post-acute care in reducing hospital admissions and readmissions, medication management will remain a key issue that must be actively addressed in home care.

In this program, expert speaker Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, will discuss available tools and strategies that can be used by all members of the home health team to decrease issues related to medication use, misuse, adverse reactions and ineffective medication therapy.

Additional Handouts:

  • Tips on Safe Storage and Disposal of Your Prescription Medicines
  • Sample Medication Discrepancy Tool (MDT)

Session Highlights:

  • Overview of successful projects that have had a significant impact on improving patient’s life quality while reducing health care costs and other negative consequences of inadequate medication management.
  • Accurate scoring of the OASIS items related to medication management to ensure that home health agencies are accurate in answering the items and adequately capturing credit for their contributions to superior outcomes related to medication management.
  • Identify strategies to improve medication management, with special focus on the drug regimen review and focused interventions that have proven effective in decreasing medication related issues.
  • Identify basic actions each member of the home health team can take to improve the overall success of medication management and the benefits to our patients.
  • Learn about available tools that can help to improve medication assessment and management for home health patients.

Session Snapshots:

  • Importance of medication management
  • Facts related to prescription drugs
  • Medication adherence issues
  • Statistics related to medication issues
  • Review of projects demonstrating positive impact on medication management
  • ANA reported studies
  • Medication management interventions across transitions
  • CRVNA Home Medication Reconciliation Program model
    • Data collection
    • Issues identified at patient, provider and system levels
    • Top findings at  each level
  • Ensure accurate scoring OASIS C2 medication related items
  • Drug regimen review—A major issue in home health
  • Strategies and tools to improve medication management
  • Medication teaching tips
  • Resources

Who should attend?

  • Nurses
  • Therapists
  • Quality improvement personnel
  • Supervisors
  • Home health coordinators
  • Pharmacists and physicians

At the Q&A session following the live event, ask a question and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

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About Our Speaker

Judy Adams - Home Health Coding Expert

Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, has been involved in health care in numerous health care setting over the span of her career. She has been involved in nearly every aspect of home health care over the last three decades including direct clinical care, supervision, administration and quality improvement.

In 2009, she opened her own education and consultation company with a primary focus on...   More Info
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