Potentially Harmful Drug-Disease Interactions in Older Adults: Assesses adults 65 and older who have a specific disease or condition (chronic kidney disease, dementia, history of falls) and were dispensed a prescription for a medication that could exacerbate it.
Use of High-Risk Medications in Older Adults: Assesses adults 65 and older who had at least two dispensing events for the same high-risk medication.
WHY IT MATTERS
Prescription drug use by older adults can often result in adverse drug events that contribute to hospitalization, increased duration of illness, nursing home placement, falls and fractures. Despite widely accepted medical consensus that certain drugs increase the risk of harm to older adults,1,2 these drugs continue to be prescribed. Because older adults are more likely to take multiple medications for multiple conditions, they are also at higher risk of potentially harmful drug-disease interactions. In addition, older adults are more likely to use medications long term, increasing their risk of physical and mental harm.3 Avoiding the use of high-risk drugs is an important, simple and effective strategy to reduce medication-related problems and adverse drug events in older adults.4
This State of Healthcare Quality Report classifies health plans differently than NCQA’s Quality Compass. HMO corresponds to All LOBs (excluding PPO and EPO) within Quality Compass. PPO corresponds to PPO and EPO within Quality Compass.
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