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Medication Reconciliation Post-Discharge

This HEDIS Measure

Assesses whether adults 18 years and older who were discharged from an inpatient facility had their medications reconciled within 30 days.

So What?

Medication reconciliation is a critical piece of care coordination for all individuals who use prescription medications. 82% of all adults in the U.S. take at least one medication (prescription or nonprescription, vitamin/mineral, herbal/natural supplement); 29% take five or more.1 The high prevalence of prescription medication use can result in potentially negative consequences for patients if medications are not used and monitored appropriately. Medication reconciliation is an important element of patient safety and can reduce the occurrence of adverse drug events, especially for people with multiple prescription medications.2

References:

  1. Kantor, E.D., C.D. Rehm, J.S. Haas, A.T. Chan, and E.L. Giovannucci. 2015. “Trends in prescription drug use among adults in the United States from 1999-2012.” JAMA. 314(17): 1818-30.
  2. Pronovost, P., B. Weast, M. Schwarz, et al. 2003. “Medication Reconciliation: A Practical Tool to Reduce the risk of Medication Errors.” J Crit. Care 18(4): 201-5.
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MEDICATION RECONCILIATION POST-DISCHARGE 
  Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 _ _ _ 46.1 47.5