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Dianne Davis, VP of Partners’, discusses Partner’s HomeMeds Program and how it can help reduce medication related injuries and saves lives

Introducing HomeMeds 3.0

Partners’ Evidence-Based Program for Medication Management.

Medication-related problems can lead to many issues resulting in frequent emergency room visits, rehospitalization, and worse.

HomeMeds is an invaluable evidence-based tool for identifying potential patient medication-related errors through medication screening during in-home visits by care coordinators or community health workers.

The software’s proprietary algorithm can identify hazardous drug interactions, any fall risks or confusion related to possible inappropriate psychotropic medications, and any cardiovascular issues related to medication use.

Besides observing the continued well-being of your patients and clients, your team could be enjoying these benefits of the improved HomeMeds 3.0 software:

  • A more robust search engine for medications, conditions, and allergies utilizing Medi-Span,
  • Reporting enhancements that include date ranges,
  • A more accessible user interface,
  • The utilization of a platform which provides the potential to integrate with other software through APIs,
  • Significant dashboard updates,
  • A tiered site structure for multiple site access for single user accounts, doing away with the need for multiple user accounts for the same user, and providing easier user account administration,
  • An improved security and built-in password standards,
  • Easier data entry and navigation,
  • An improved and updated FAQ section,
  • More up to date search capabilities for physicians and pharmacies from the national Medicare provider database,
  • Email notification(s) directly to Pharmacist(s) when alert(s) are generated,
  • Accommodations so that past assessments (data history) will be available to access for a three-month period after the launch of HomeMeds 3.0,
  • Pharmacies and providers listed on the patient report.

For more information on HomeMeds or to request a demonstration, please contact: homemeds@picf.org.

Watch this video to learn more about our HomeMeds medication safety program

Learn more about our HomeMeds solution in this video with Sharon Feinman, Division Director, AgeWell at The JCC, as she discusses the benefits of our 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 February 11, 2021

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:

  • 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 70 sites and 23 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

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