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Cardinal, NACDS seek study on adherence, hospital readmissions
July 17th, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has made a request for proposals to research the impact of integrating pharmacist-provided medication management services into the hospital discharge process.
NACDS said Tuesday that it has teamed up with the Cardinal Health Foundation on grants to study the link between medications and hospital readmission rates.
Specifically, the research will focus on patients with pneumonia, heart failure, acute myocardial infarctions or other common conditions to gauge the impact of medication management on readmission rates at 30-, 60- and 180-days after discharge from the hospital and on adherence to discharge medications 180 days after leaving the hospital.
"Too often, hospital discharges lead to a revolving door of readmissions. Nearly one in five Medicare patients are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of discharge, leading to $26 billion in wasted health care resources annually. Many of these readmissions are preventable and, as a result, hospitals are designing new discharge planning processes and implementing innovative intervention strategies to improve transitions of care," NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger said in a statement.
“Medication nonadherence and adverse events attributed to medications are a leading cause of hospital readmissions," Jaeger explained. "Consequently, medication management has been described as an essential component of any discharge intervention. Medication reconciliation, adherence to discharge medications and longitudinally tracking medication use as patients move into the community are critical to improve patient health."
Two research grants of up to $600,000 each are slated to be awarded. The deadline for proposals is Sept. 20, with award announcements expected to be made Dec. 13.
"The Cardinal Health Foundation supports a number of efforts that have led to improved medication adherence and patient outcomes," stated Jon Giacomin, president of U.S. pharmaceutical distribution at Cardinal Health and a member of the Cardinal Health Foundation board. "We are pleased to partner with the NACDS Foundation in this research project to further explore the impact of medication management in the treatment of chronic disease."
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