Home Meds Medication Safety Program | Partners In Care Foundation

HomeMeds Medication Safety Program

Avoid costly hospitalizations and emergency room visits with our HomeMeds medication safety program

Medication-related problems endanger the lives of a high percentage of elders living at home, leaving them at risk for falls, dizziness, cardiac symptoms, confusion and other side effects that frequently result in unnecessary ER visits and hospitalization.

Since 2011, more than 11,000 older adults have had their medications screened for potential risks via the HomeMeds program. A staggering 40-50% of those screened had potential problems.

  • Each year, there are nearly 100,000 emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events in U.S. adults aged 65 years or older *
  • Adults 65 years or older are twice as likely as others to come to emergency departments for adverse drug events and nearly seven times more likely to be hospitalized after an emergency visit. **

    HomeMeds enables community-based agencies to address this critical safety and quality of life issue.

    * Centers for Disease Control & Prevention study, Nov 2011, New England Journal of Medicine
    ** http://www.cdc.gov/MedicationSafety/Adult_AdverseDrugEvents.html# Retrieved May 14, 2015


What HomeMeds is:

  • An evidence-based, in-home, medication review and intervention that includes a computerized risk assessment and alert process, plus a pharmacist review and recommendation for improvement
  • A complement to other evidence-based programs that address patient readmission reduction, health self-management, care transitions or caregiver support

HomeMeds helps patients to:

  • Facilitate medication reconciliation after hospitalization
  • Monitor adherence to medications for chronic illnesses
  • Achieve an ROI similar to medication therapy management by decreasing adverse drug events such as falls and gastrointestinal bleeding

How HomeMeds works:

  • Community-based organizations arrange for a pharmacist (or geriatric nurse practitioner) to review and respond to potential medication problems identified at an in-home screening
  • Partners in Care trains staff and assists with implementation planning
  • Partners’ contracted pharmacists can support HomeMeds in most states
  • Special arrangements are available for shared training and statewide or regional licensing
  • Partners offers an affordable fee for planning and training, setup, technical assistance and the license to use the online medication risk assessment software

Other benefits of HomeMeds:

  • Pairs well with medication management interventions such as dispensers and reminder systems
  • Fits well with care transition coaching
  • Promotes creative solutions such as using pharmacy students or the client/patient’s Part D Plan medication therapy management service to mitigate costs

Recognition for HomeMeds:

  • The US Administration for Community Living has awarded HomeMeds with its Highest Evidence Level rating, and chose it for its rigorously screened Aging and Disability Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (ADEPP)
  • HomeMeds is an approved Disease Prevention and Health Promotion program
  • HomeMeds is included with a strong evidence rating on the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovation Exchange
  • HomeMeds has been implemented in over 45 sites and 18 states
  • HomeMeds has been successfully implemented in area agencies on aging, post-acute care transitions programs, home-delivered meals programs, fall prevention collaboratives, care management programs, housing and assisted living

Getting Started

Is HomeMeds the solution for your organization? Click here to take a 15 minute survey to help determine your readiness to participate as a HomeMeds site. For further information contact: homemeds@picf.org or Amy Adams at aadams@picf.org or call Sandy Atkins: 818.837.3775

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