When a patient is discharged from the hospital there is a 1 in 5 chance they will be readmitted within 30 days. Worse is 75% of these re-admissions are unnecessary. This high re-admission rate is expensive for the patient and their insurance provider.
Community Care Rx is here to help reduce these rates and associated costs by ensuring all pertinent information follows the patient to your facility. It is vital that discharged residents or patients understand how and when to take their medications.
The result is a winning situation for everyone involved. Or expert team has the skills and knowledge to make for a smooth transition. Our program allows Community Care RX to become an extension of your discharge planning process.
At Community Care RX our pharmacists:
- Complete medication reconciliation at time of admission and discharge.
- Prepare a discharge bag with transitional medications for the patient and meet with your staff to go over the drug regimen.
- Provide our patients with Code Amber Alertag – a secure digital ID tag that contains vital patient information in cases of emergency.
- Provide prescription labeling in the patient’s preferred language.
- Provide adherence packaging such as using various types of blister packaging according to the patient’s preference.
- Provide medication calendars at discharge and upon initiation of new therapy.
- Check for any drug-drug interactions or duplication of therapy.
- Explain all expected side effects and what to do in case the patient experiences them.
- Help with medication adherence that has resulted in improved outcomes for patients with heart failure and for patients taking anticoagulants.
- Help the patient and staff with medications by simplifying the regimen, fit the dosing schedule around the resident’s daily routine and confirm that the patient is receiving their medications properly.
- Play an influential role in helping your staff understand and decipher comprehensive and complicated medical information, especially those related to drug therapy.
- Explain the process in clear, everyday language that the patient and your staff can understand without the medical jargon and technical terms.
Community Care RX pharmacists focus on what the residents and your staff needs to know in a respectful and caring way.
Experience shows that by taking the time to sit with the residents and your staff to go over the drug regimen, there is a decreased probability for a hospital readmission and increased capability for your facility to provide optimal patient care.