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Medication Safety – Complex Issues for All (Safe Practices 17 – 18)

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Related Resources:
ASHP Foundation Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership (Pharmacy Leadership Institute, Pharmacy Leadership Academy) 
ASHP Conference for Leaders in Health-System Pharmacy 
The American Society of Health System Pharmacists Statement on the Roles and Responsibilities of the Pharmacy Executive 
Abstract: Effect of an Electronic Medication Reconciliation Application and Process Redesign on Potential Adverse Drug Events 
Pump up the volume - Tips for increasing error reporting 

 Session Overview
Despite evidence that preventable errors have been estimated to cost the United States 98,000 lives and between $17 billion and $29 billion per year, patient safety improves by only one percent each year.

To spur improvements in safety, the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) 2009 Update of the Safe Practices for Better Healthcare and TMIT’s Webinar series provide tools to unite healthcare providers, purchasers, and consumers to more rapidly identify and adopt techniques that will reduce patient harm and improve care.

  1. Understand the content of Safe Practices 17 (Medication Reconciliation) and 18 (Pharmacist Leadership Structure and Systems), including where to find and how to navigate through the content of these Safe Practices.
  2. Know the applicable care settings for Safe Practices 17-18.
  3. Discuss implementation considerations and additional specifications for Safe Practices 17-18.
Discussion topics:
  1. Challenges of policy development for medication management.
  2. Medication safety overview, evolution, and current issues.
  3. Importance of pharmacist leadership in the hospital environment.
  4. Implementation of medication reconciliation at the practitioner level.
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 When:   June 18, 2009 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
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Charles R. Denham, MD
Welcome and Discussion of the 2009 Update for the NQF Safe Practices for Better Healthcare Medication Management Chapter; Moderator for Session

Charles R. Denham, MD, is a founder and the chairman of Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT), a non-profit medical research organization dedicated to driving adoption of clinical solutions in patient safety and healthcare performance improvement.

Peter B. Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, FCCM
Topic: Challenges of Policy Development for Medication Management

Peter B. Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, FCCM, is NQF’s first senior advisor on patient safety. In this role, Dr. Angood will guide projects to improve patient safety and quality. He will also provide technical expertise on projects related to the National Priorities Partnership’s goal of improving the safety and reliability of America’s healthcare system.

Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, FASHP
Topic: Medication Safety Overview, Evolution, and Current Issues

Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, FASHP, is president of The Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a non-profit healthcare organization that specializes in understanding the causes of medication errors and providing error-reduction strategies to the healthcare community, policy makers, and the public.

Mary A. Andrawis, PharmD, MPH
Topic: Perspectives on the Importance of the Pharmacist Leadership Safe Practice in the Hospital Environment

Mary A. Andrawis, PharmD, MPH, is the Director of Clinical Guidelines and Quality Improvement for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists®.

Jeffrey Schnipper, MD, MPH, FHM
Topic: Where the Rubber meets the Road: Implementation of Medication Reconciliation at the Practitioner Level

Jeffrey Schnipper, MD, MPH, FHM, is the Director of Clinical Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is also an Academic Hospitalist Service Associate Physician in the Division of General Medicine at BWH and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Discussion: Patient Perspective on Medication Management Safe Practices

Patti O'Regan, ARNP, ANP, NP-C, PMHNP-BC, LMHC, founding member, NPSF Consumer Advisory Board/Patient and Family Advisory Council; founding Board of Governors, Floridians for Patient Protection; founding member TMIT's Patient Advocate Council; chapter co-author, NQF Safe Practices 2009; Nurse Practitioner.

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