Triage 365 helps facilities increase medication safety

When a loved one is admitted to a nursing home it can be a difficult time filled with conflicting emotions and worries. One of those worries should not be about whether their medications will be harmful. However, this period of transition can often be a time when unintended mistakes happen.
  
In a 2014 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, one in three residents were harmed by an adverse drug event or experienced temporary harm within the first 35 days of being in skilled nursing care. That’s why Turenne PharMedCo wants to give its long-term care customers the tools they need to keep their residents safe. Triage 365 is a resident drug regimen review program for nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

“Traditionally, a pharmacist doing a regimen review will visit a facility once a month and have to sift through dozens of records over the course of a few days,” said Sarah Barker, Pharm.D, general manager of Turenne’s pharmacy in Montgomery, Alabama. “It’s not only time-consuming, but it means that the records for a new or returning resident could possibly not be seen between visits, leaving room for residents to fall through the cracks.”

Using big data analytics, the Triage 365 program helps facilities continuously review more residents’ medication records and identify potential problems such as adverse drug interactions and high risk medications. Triage 365 also gives the facilities’ pharmacists earlier access to information that allows them to make changes or recommendations to a resident’s drug regimen, which can improve safety and quality of life.

“Triage 365 continually reviews resident records via electronic connection and all facility admissions are reviewed by a pharmacist within 72 hours. It’s a quicker, more advanced and safer way to keep records up-to-date,” Barker said.

It’s the law
In recent times, the U.S. government has called for closer scrutiny on the review of long-term care residents’ medication records. The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 requires long-term care facilities to report standardized assessment data, data on quality measures, and data on resource use and other measures. As of October 2018, these facilities are required to report information on resident drug regimen reviews or face a possible reduction in funding from Medicare. In order to remain in compliance with the law, facilities will have to show that each resident admitted received a drug regimen review and that timely follow-up with a physician occurred each time a potentially significant medication issue was identified throughout their stay. The law’s intent is to evaluate whether a skilled nursing facility is responsive to medication issues when they are identified.

“As Baby Boomers and their parents age, the number of people who need long-term care will increase. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities need innovative solutions to keep up with providing great care while staying in government compliance,” Barker said

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