Cardinal Health Foundation Partners with NACDS Foundation on Grants to Study Link between Medication Management, Hospital Readmission Rates

Published Online: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Follow Pharmacy_Times:
PRESS RELEASE

July 16, 2013 (Arlington, Va.) – With the increasing focus on the public health cost of hospital re-admissions, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation in Arlington, Va., today announced a request-for-proposals (RFP) to research the impact of integrating community pharmacist-provided medication management services into the hospital discharge process. 

The research opportunity focuses on patients with pneumonia, heart failure, acute myocardial infarctions, or other common conditions. It aims to evaluate the impact of medication management on readmission rates at 30-, 60- and 180-days post-discharge, and on adherence to discharge medications 180-days post-discharge.

“Too often hospital discharges lead to a revolving door of readmissions. Nearly one in five Medicare patients are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of discharge, leading to $26 billion in wasted healthcare resources annually. Many of these readmissions are preventable, and as a result, hospitals are designing new discharge planning processes and implementing innovative intervention strategies to improve transitions of care,” said NACDS Foundation President Kathleen Jaeger.

“Medication non-adherence and adverse events attributed to medications are a leading cause of hospital readmissions. Consequently, medication management has been described as an essential component of any discharge intervention. Medication reconciliation, adherence to discharge medications and longitudinally tracking medication use as patients move into the community are critical to improve patient health.”

The Cardinal Health Foundation in Dublin, Ohio, is also playing a role in the initiative. 

“The Cardinal Health Foundation supports a number of efforts that have led to improved medication adherence and patient outcomes.  We are pleased to partner with the NACDS Foundation in this research project to further explore the impact of medication management  in the treatment of chronic disease,” said Jon Giacomin, President U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution of Cardinal Health and a member of the Cardinal Health Foundation Board of Directors.

Two research grants of up to $600,000 each are expected to be awarded.

The deadline for proposals is September 20, 2013, with award announcements anticipated for December 13.

For more information, contact the NACDS Foundation’s Alex Adams, at (703) 837-4232.

Related Articles
In a letter to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission today, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores emphasized the substantial health-boosting and cost-reducing benefits that the pharmacist-patient relationship can produce for military families and veterans, and for the Department of Defense.
GPhA applauds the new findings of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and welcomes further conversation on increasing generic drug utilization in government programs, particularly Medicare Part D.
Understanding your medications, visiting your pharmacist once a month to pick them up, and creating a “take-charge” medication plan are sustainable resolutions for 2015.
The National Community Pharmacists Association issued the following statement today from CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA in response to a study by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of beneficiary access to discounted copays at “preferred” pharmacies in Medicare drug plans.
Latest Issues
$auto_registration$