Innovative Community-Based Medication Management Initiative to Improve Patient Safety

Aug. 8, 2018

Across the United States, improper or insufficient management of prescription medications results in an estimated 119,000 deaths annually, and adverse drug events cause more than 1 million emergency department visits and 280,000 hospitalizations each year.

These numbers represent critical opportunities to address medication complexity, a concept that encompasses the number of medications an individual is prescribed, challenges adhering to drug instructions, risk of medication errors and avoidable complications caused by drug interventions.

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, in partnership with Fairview Pharmacy Services, was chosen to participate in Community Management of Medication Complexity Innovation Lab, a multisite demonstration that identifies and tests community-based strategies to improve medication safety for people with complex health and social needs.

This national initiative, made possible through the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and led by the Center for Health Care Strategies, supports innovative organizations looking to enhance and expand community-based medication management programs.

“We value the opportunity to join this learning collaborative with one of our key partners, Fairview Pharmacy Services,” said Kylee Funk, PharmD, assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy. “Our past collaborations developing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive medication management programs gives us a great foundation to improve care for patients who have recently discharged from behavioral health units.”

The College of Pharmacy and Fairview Pharmacy Services are among five participating groups representing a diverse range of populations and settings. The sites are each piloting unique community-based approaches focused on improving medication management in the community for low-income populations, particularly those with complex medical, behavioral and social needs.

The sites will receive funding and participate in a 14-month Innovation Lab pilot demonstration where they will vet new approaches, exchange best practices, and advance practical strategies for implementing and enhancing community-based medication management programs.


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