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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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Training Events
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
Start WebEx Playback 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[...]
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. Start WebEx Playback Medication Safety Presentation Handout Medication safety[...]
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[...]
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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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Vanessa Lamoreaux

Vanessa Lamoreaux

Senior Quality Improvement Specialist
North Dakota
701-852-4231 x718
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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.

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