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NACDS Foundation grants to support study of post-discharge care
May 6th, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation is awarding three research grants totaling $1.8 million to study the impact of pharmacist collaboration in helping patients manage medications and avoid readmissions after discharge from the hospital.
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and the University of Mississippi Medical Cente, Geisinger Health System and the Health Collaborative each received a grant of $600,000 to conduct a two-year research project, the NACDS Foundation said Tuesday.
With its grant, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and the University of Mississippi Medical Center will examine the impact of pharmacist-provided medication management on hospital readmissions in several communities in Mississippi. Other partners include the Mississippi division of Medicaid and 20 Walgreens pharmacies.
Geisinger Health System will work with 37 community pharmacies to analyze the impact of pharmacist collaboration for high-risk patients, including inpatients and outpatients, and pharmacist-provided continuous care follow-up on hospital readmissions across Pennsylvania. Additional partners include Wilkes University College of Pharmacy and Nursing, Keystone Health Information Exchange, CareSite pharmacies, Weis Market pharmacies, Medicine Shoppe pharmacies, Medicap pharmacy and Harrold's pharmacy.
Meanwhile, the Health Collaborative will partner with Kroger Co., HealthBridge and the University of Cincinnati's James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy to study the impact of integrating electronic health information with pharmacist-provided medication management after a patient's discharge from the hospital in several counties in Ohio. Other partners include the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, American Mercy Home Care, UC Health, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, UC Health West Chester Hospital, selected Mercy Health Hospitals, and 45 Kroger pharmacies in the Cincinnati-Dayton area.
The NACDS Foundation noted that one in five Medicare patients is readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of discharge, leading to $26 billion in health care expenses annually. Many of these readmissions are preventable and, as a result, hospitals are devising new discharge planning processes and implementing creative intervention strategies to improve transitions of care, the foundation said.
“This research is so important to the advancement of patient care, and we look forward to better understanding the impact of pharmacists' collaboration with patients after they leave the hospital," NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger said in a statement. "Too often, hospital discharges lead to a revolving door of readmissions. The research will explore the impact of pharmacist-led medication management on medication adherence at hospital discharge, examining how medication adherence can advance patient health, reduce hospital readmissions and help reduce unnecessary health care expenditures."