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Medication Management

Adverse drug events (ADEs) are the leading cause of preventable patient harm. With an increasing number Medicare consumers taking prescription medications and seeing multiple providers, medication safety in all healthcare settings is essential to care coordination and improving the health of beneficiaries. Improving medication safety and coordination of care can prevent adverse drug events, increase patient engagement, and thereby reduce harm.

Stratis Health, as part of the Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network (LSQIN), is working to improve medication safety, and reduce and prevent adverse drug events by implementing evidenced based and or proven strategies and tools that align with the National Quality Strategy and the Health & Human Services National Action Plan for Drug Event Prevention.

Lake Superior QIN is forming relationships with community organizations and playing a coordinating role to ensure community-wide adoption of medication safety improvement practices. Community teams are encouraged to include multiple settings such as local clinical pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, primary care clinics, specialty clinics, federally funded clinics, schools of pharmacy etc. We also work with national pharmacy collaborations such as Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMMc), and local schools of pharmacy and national pharmacy organizations. Lake Superior QIN supports communities in utilizing tools and interventions such as evidence based ADE toolkits, Health Information Technology and Medication Therapy Management (MTM) tools to prevent ADEs and patient harm.

For more information on medication safety and participating in the Lake Superior QIN ADE initiative click here, or contact Kim McCoy, program manager, 952.853-8563, kmccoy@stratishealth.org.