Coordination of medications during care transitions is known to prevent hospital readmissions and improve patients’ health outcomes. This report examines the integration of pharmacists in care transitions teams focused on transitioning patients from hospital to home by profiling 8 best practices programs and provides a summary of what was learned from these programs.
The solution to curtailing preventable medication errors and the consequent overutilization of resources is staring us square in the face. Embracing comprehensive pharmacy services throughout the medication-use process can cost-effectively optimize patient outcomes. Act now by taking a leadership role in oversight of medication management during care transitions and get involved as part of the care transitions team.
The Medication Management in Care Transitions (MMCT) joint initiative between the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) was developed to ascertain best practices in transitions of care by pharmacists, share these practices with stakeholders involved in the clinical and fiscal aspects of care, and ultimately offer scalable models that makes best use of pharmacists’ ability to deliver expert and efficient care.