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Pharmacy Groups Launch Initiative to Improve Care Transitions

Mar 27, 2012

ASHP and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) are working together to improve patient outcomes by facilitating the involvement of pharmacists in medication-related transitions of care, from acute care to home settings. The associations recently launched the Medication Management in Care Transitions Project, which focuses on identifying and profiling existing best-practice models.

Poorly coordinated care transitions often result in preventable complications. ASHP and APhA are examining innovative care models that improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital
readmissions by involving pharmacists in medication-related transitions of care.

“Utilizing pharmacists’ expertise is key in reducing the number of hospital readmissions, many of which are the result of medication-related problems,” said ASHP Executive Vice President and CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., FASHP, adding that an expert panel will select up to six care transitions programs for development into case studies.

 

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