February 17, 2012

Discharge Planning, Case Management – Include Your Pharmacist

A new idea?  This is one we thought of merit and interest.   Walgreen’s announced a partnership with Greystone Healthcare Management to provide medication counseling and delivery services in person by a qualified Walgreen’s pharmacist at the patient’s bedside.  This would be a standard protocol for those recently discharged from an acute setting  and would be done within 72 hours following the discharge.  The  goal is to increase compliance with medications.  The article we are referencing indicated a study that showed noncompliance costs the healthcare system about $290 million in costs/year.  (Greystone Healthcare Management manages skilled rehabilitation facilities .)  It should be noted that the pilot program is for patients at the Greystone managed Lady Lake Specialty Center in Florida.  Let’s watch and see what happens.

 

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