Northeast Ohio Medical University's College of Pharmacy this year launched a Transitions in Care program in partnership with Ritzman Pharmacy at NEOMED and Summa Rehab Hospital in Akron.
Services through the program include medication education and discharge counseling at no additional charge to the patient.
Jeffrey Sanderson, medical director at Summa Rehab Hospital.
“While it’s too early to project the long-run, we’ve already seen compliance- with patients getting their initial prescriptions filled - increase from an average 50 percent to 100 percent [for those introduced to the program].
Upon admission, patients are automatically enrolled in the Transitions in Care Program, but they may opt out if desired.
A day prior to discharge, medication orders are sent to Ritzman Pharmacy at NEOMED for preparation.
On the day of discharge the medications are delivered to the Pharmacy Department at Summa Rehab.
The Transitions in Care pharmacist then provides medication education, discharge counseling and discharge medications.
Charles Taylor, dean of the College of Pharmacy at NEOMED and president of Pharmacy Innovations.
“Interprofessionally educated pharmacists can play a huge role as part of the care team,” he said.
“We need them to be recognized as providers of care.
Usually a patient is sent home with a prescription, no medication education and no medication.
It is no wonder that three out of four Americans do not take their medication as directed.
There are even a handful of residencies for second-year postgraduate pharmacists across the country.
With medication adherence hovering around 50 percent and providers striving to reduce readmissions, patients, physicians and providers would all benefit from pharmacists as part of the care team.