2022 Stronger - PH347 - Transitional Care Pharmacists Bridge Hospital-to-Home Gaps for Geriatric Patients
An integral component of the health care team, pharmacists are key to improving patient outcomes during transitional care periods. Given the rise in preventable hospital readmissions related to medication-related adverse events, we piloted a pharmacist transitional care program to evaluate the impact of pharmacist involvement on medication reconciliation, education and post-discharge follow-up for geriatric patients at a large academic medical center. We found that 30-day hospital readmission rates were lower among patients enrolled in this program — translating to improved patient outcomes, enhanced provider satisfaction and reduced hospital costs. Investing in transitional care pharmacists plays a vital role in ensuring safe post-discharge care.
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Other Healthcare Professionals
- Describe the impact of post-discharge pharmacist transitional care services on geriatric patients.
- Discuss the methods employed to launch post-discharge pharmacist transitional care services.
- Calculate the potential return on investment for this type of pharmacist transitional care program.
Jennifer Shieh, PharmD, Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist, Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, CA
Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.5 contact hours for Pharmacists.
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-0000-22-173-L04-P
Pharmacy Technicians (CPE)
Vizient, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.5 contact hours for pharmacy technicians.
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-0000-22-173-L04-T
Other Healthcare Professionals (General CE Credit)
Vizient, Inc. will award a maximum of 0.5 contact hours to all other healthcare professionals who successfully complete the activity. These individuals will receive a Certificate of Participation indicating the maximum credits available.
Many state licensing boards and credentialing bodies accept certificates of participation from accredited CE activities to meet CE requirements for license renewals and re-certification. It is the responsibility of the participant to contact their state licensing board and/or certifying body for verification on credit eligibility reciprocity.
- 0.50 ACPE Pharmacist
- 0.50 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
- 0.50 General CE – Attendance