Cardinal Health Foundation awarded nearly $1 million in grants to impact the opioid epidemic across five states. The Foundation’s new Optimal Prescribing in Pain Management (OPPM) initiative engages state pharmacy associations and schools of pharmacy in partnerships that will facilitate efforts by pharmacists to collaborate with other healthcare providers and patients to support optimal medication…
Medication reconciliation is one of the biggest challenges facing health care teams. E3 Learning Collaborative team, Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) developed a tool to help guide hospitals in a medication reconciliation improvement projects. The three things needed to get stared, include: a multidisciplinary improvement team, leadership support, and the MHA road map.
Establishing both internal and external partnerships is critical to sustaining and scaling successful pharmacy medication management services. When there are limited resources, developing partnerships can be an effective strategy for sustainability and scale. AIMM explores insights from A3 Collaborative participating teams, and how their 12-month learning experience helped them establish and develop critical partnerships to advance medication management services.
Leveraging Learning Collaboratives to Build a Value Proposition for Comprehensive Medication Management
A3 Collaborative participating organization, Penobscot Community Health Care is sharing some impressive initial results from its pharmacy department, and in partnership across organizational departments. Using the collaborative learning structure deployed by AIMM, Penobscot pharmacy department wasted no time in strategically planning to meet its goal with support from leaders within, and strong relations across the organization.
This past March marked the end of the initial A3 Collaborative, culminating in a celebration of organizations’ advancements and showcasing results from the 12-month learning experience. Teams shared a broad range of performance outcomes ranging from internal structure and process improvements, to clinical outcomes improvements, to reductions in hospital readmissions. Results such as: reducing 90-day readmissions by 59%; in another example: a net Return on Investment (ROI) of $486,304 (141%); and a third: total cost avoided of $870,000. As AIMM readies to launch the 2018/2019 A3 Collaborative, we are hearing from participating individuals: “the collaborative creates a learning experience that optimizes the potential to learn from other pharmacists and systems who may be on the same path of improvement but at different stages. This sharing of knowledge has been key to my progress…”
AIMM’s A3 Collaborative shows the power of peer learning. Recently featured in Pharmacy Practice News, the national A3 Collaborative is a yearlong value-based care initiative health care organizations can join. Participating organizations form an implementation team who work to rapidly put in place a working medication management program or to focus on accelerating the scale and spread of one already in place. The initial A3 Collaborative cohort of organizations are sharing initial results and the numbers are impressive.
AIMM’s E3 Collaborative Develops Special Considerations for Medication Reconciliation Across Care Transitions
AIMM leads the multi-year learning collaborative for the Cardinal Health Foundation’s E3 (Effectiveness, Efficiency and Excellence in Healthcare) Patient Safety 2016 Grant Program recipients. After its initial collaborative year, E3 Collaborative participants identified that improving medication reconciliation is a significant opportunity to improve the success of their care transition programs and thus, improve patient care. Additionally, as organizations and payers move toward value-based payment reforms and population health management, the perspective on medication reconciliation needs to become more patient-centric and expand its reach into the community and home.
The A3 Collaborative has provided an excellent structure for the IHOPE project, with deliverables to keep the team on task. The learning coach sets up monthly appointments and listens to the ideas you have and then offers recommendations for approaching or improvement on those ideas. The value gained from A3 is the connection with and sharing of ideas across the network of pharmacists, nationwide, who become your colleagues and extended team. We are all working on projects that are relevant to pharmacy, but we may be at different points along the journey.
AIMM Executive Director, Todd Sorensen, PharmD, FAPhA shares the strengths behind what makes AIMM successful as featured speaker on the Dispensary for Hope Podcast series: Talk to Your Pharmacist. Sharing AIMM’s expertise in convening, consulting and coaching, these three “C’s” are the strengths and opportunities AIMM offers when working with partners, communities and health care organizations.
The Cardinal Health Foundation E3 Grant program supports healthcare organizations as they work to improve medication safety for high-risk patients through care transitions. Grantees often partner with community pharmacists, who educate patients, engage them in self-care and help them avoid re-hospitalizations. Good Medicine highlights Here we highlight some of the grantees successes who are participating in the AIMM Collaborative learning process.