Introducing next generation ambulatory pharmacy to health systems

Becker's Hospital Review |

When patients transition from the hospital to an outpatient setting, medication discrepancies can occur. In fact, research conducted by the Mayo Clinic indicates that 50% of patients nationwide don’t take medications as prescribed, and it’s estimated that non-adherence is responsible for 11% of hospital readmissions across the country. Further, medication mismanagement creates an estimated 1.5 million adverse events each year and $177 billion in avoidable costs. With specialty drug spending rising nearly 60% over the past five years – and reimbursement being more closely tied to outcomes versus a fee for service model – it’s increasingly important for health systems to address the critical role ambulatory pharmacies can play in supporting transitional care and improving the patient journey.

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For more information on why a targeted medication program and robust data analytics are key to care continuity, please check out ABC Insights' article, "Ambulatory Pharmacyas the Hub of Transitional Care."