Medication Safety

Better care through better medication management
 

Reducing Harm from Medications

National estimates suggest that Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) contribute an additional $3.5 billion to United States healthcare costs. Given the United States population’s large and ever-increasing magnitude of medication exposure, the potential for harm from ADEs is a critical patient safety and public health challenge. ADEs can include, but are not limited to, medication errors, adverse drug reactions, allergic reactions and overdoses.

The Great Plains QIN is partnering with providers, pharmacists and stakeholders in the region to reduce and monitor ADE rates. We are targeting Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) consumers taking three or more medications, including at least one of these high-risk medications: anticoagulants, diabetic agents and/or opioids, for improvement. Tools, education and trainings will be offered. Specific goals include:

  • Reducing ADEs by 35 percent per 1,000 screened Medicare consumers by 2019
  • Monitoring ADE rates by Medicare consumers on anticoagulants, diabetic agents and/or opioids by care setting, state, region and readmission rate
For more information on how medication safety is a key element to improved care coordination, visit the Care Coordination Initiative page of this site.
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Medication Safety News

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A Culture of Patient Safety

Originally published in the South Dakota Medicine Journal, April 2018 By: Stephan Schroeder, MD, CMD, CMQ Medical Director, South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care The potential for harm in medical care…read more →

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Training Events
May 24 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now Naloxone is a safe medication that can prevent opioid deaths. This webinar will improve participants’ understanding of the role of naloxone in preventing opioid overdose related death, identification of individuals who may benefit[...]
Apr 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Presentation/Slide Handout Early Recognition and Management of Sepis for Post-acute Settings (MPRO) Sepsis is one of the top diagnoses involved with readmissions throughout the Great Plains and Lake Superior Quality Innovation Networks. This webinar is[...]
Apr 10 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
This webinar will review acute pain and chronic pain guidance and will discuss how to use a pain guidance document in practice. Differentiation of pain treatment recommendations as they relate to patient populations will be[...]
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation/Slide Handout   On January 1, Nebraska became the first state to require pharmacists and pharmacies to report all dispensed prescriptions daily to the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), not just controlled substances. PDMPs are a[...]
Mar 13 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
This webinar highlighted the development of a Pain Guidance Task Force in Nebraska. Presenters discussed composition of the task force and utilization of CDC’s guidelines on opioid prescribing to compile the Nebraska Pain Guidance Document[...]
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
One of the multitude of contributing factors to the opioid epidemic is highly variable pain treatment practices between healthcare providers. Efforts are being made nationally and at organizational levels to provide more consistent treatment guidelines[...]
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  Presentation Handout Every two minutes someone dies from sepsis in the United States. Eighty percent of sepsis begins outside the hospital. The elderly, as well as patients with chronic conditions, are at significant risk[...]
Feb 6 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
One of the multitude of contributing factors to the opioid epidemic is highly variable pain treatment practices between healthcare providers. Efforts are being made nationally and at organizational levels to provide more consistent treatment guidelines[...]
Jan 29 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Nonpharmacologic therapies have become a vital part of managing chronic pain. This webinar will focus on the non-pharmacologic options available including mindfulness and meditation, yoga and exercise, anti-inflammatory foods, emotional triggers, sleep and more. Target[...]
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join experts from the American Medical Association (AMA) to learn how AMA’s extensive, evidence-based resources can lead to better health, better care and lower costs. The AMA has put together 50 free online modules on[...]
Jan 9 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
  Presentation handout Nonpharmacologic therapies have become a vital part of managing chronic pain. This webinar will focus on the non-pharmacologic options available including mindfulness and meditation, yoga and exercise, anti-inflammatory foods, emotional triggers, sleep[...]
Dec 12 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
  Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a valuable tool to improve patient care and coordination and public safety by reducing drug diversion and inappropriate use. This follow-up coaching call provides participants the opportunity to[...]
Nov 28 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a valuable tool to improve patient care and coordination and public safety by reducing drug diversion and inappropriate use. This event includes PDMP staff from throughout the Great Plains[...]
Nov 14 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a valuable tool to improve patient care and coordination and public safety by reducing drug diversion and inappropriate use. This event includes PDMP staff from throughout the Great Plains[...]
Oct 17 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Medication Safety LAN Series An important pillar to reducing abuse of opioids is safe and proper disposal of unused medication.  This coaching call will allow participants to interact with take back experts to ask questions,[...]
Oct 10 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Medication Safety LAN Series An important pillar to reducing abuse of opioids is safe and proper disposal of unused medication.  This webinar reviews success approaches at the community and state level to improve access to[...]
Sep 26 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Medication Safety LAN Series There is no single solution to the opioid epidemic.  It will require a collaborative approach with variety of community partners to address factors such as pain management, treatment, and societal impact.[...]
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Care Coordination and Medication Safety Progress within the Great Plains QIN Region Join the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network Care Coordination Team for the fifth in this series of action-oriented learning events. This WebEx session will[...]
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  This month, the Great Plains QIN is providing the opportunity to participate in a Coaching Call with peers and experts in the field regarding any one of the following three topics: reducing rehospitalizations, medication[...]
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network Care Coordination Team for the fourth in this series of action-oriented learning events. This WebEx session will help your organization build capacity for better, safer care and healthier[...]
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  This month, the Great Plains QIN is providing the opportunity to participate in a Coaching Call with peers and experts in the field regarding any one of the following three topics: reducing rehospitalizations, medication[...]
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Great Plains QIN Care Coordination Team held this third in a series of action-oriented learning events to help organizations build capacity for better, safer care and healthier people and communities. Medication Safety Presentation Handout Medication safety contributes to reducing[...]
Dec 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  This month, the Great Plains QIN is providing the opportunity to participate in a Coaching Call with peers and experts in the field regarding any one of the following three topics: reducing rehospitalizations, medication[...]
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Rehospitalizations – Medication Safety – Chronic Disease Management Start WebEx Playback Presentation Handout Recording Transcript Join the Great Plains QIN Care Coordination Team for a series of action-oriented learning events over the next several months[...]
Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Start WebEx Playback Presentation Handout WebEx Overview This event will provide an introduction to the care coordination and medication safety Learning and Action Network (LAN). Included will be the patient/family perspective, overview of[...]
Drug Take-Back

External Resources
Stoplight Poster - A Good Medicine List Doesn't Stop with Your Doctor
Drug Disposal Information - Diversion Control Division Website

Health Literacy

External Resources
AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center

 

Medication Safety

External Resources
AHRQ Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture
As You Age...A Guide to Aging, Medicines and Alcohol
Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults
Blood Pressure Control
FDA Medication Safety
Great Plains QIN Consumer Medication Safety Resources
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) - High-Alert Medications
ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment® for High-Alert Medications
Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors (MUST) 
Nebraska Pain Management Guidance Document
Prescribing Guidelines for the Elderly
VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines

 

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Meet The Experts

Jayme Steig

Jayme Steig, PharmD, RPh

Pharmaceutical Care Specialist
North Dakota
701-989-6224
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Paula Sitzman

Paula Sitzman, RN, BSN

Quality Improvement Advisor
Nebraska
402-476-1399 x512
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Sally May

Sally May, RN, BSN

Senior Quality Improvement Specialist
North Dakota
701-989-6228
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Linda Penisten

Linda Penisten, RN, OTR/L

Program Manager
South Dakota
1-605-336-3505
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Amanda Bridges

Amanda Bridges, MBA

Quality Improvement Project Manager
Kansas
785-271-4149
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Learning and Action Network

We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.