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10 Medication Reconciliation Forms, Tools, and Other Resources

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Looking to improve your organization's medication reconciliation process? You've come to the right place. Below are descriptions of and links to 10 medication reconciliation forms, tools, eBooks, cheat sheets, webinars, and other resources that you can review and download now for use by your organization, its providers, and patients.

1. Baptist Memorial Hospital Medication Reconciliation Form

This medication reconciliation form comes from Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. It is available via the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The form can be used to track a patient's medications upon admission, transfer, and discharge. IHI notes that the hospital tested the medication reconciliation form on a "pilot population to decrease their rate of unreconciled medications in order to improve patient safety." A free IHI account is required to download the form. Access the Baptist Memorial Hospital med rec form ->

2. VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Medication Reconciliation Form

This med rec form is available from VCU Health's Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, Va. Included with a supporting tri-fold brochure, the med form is intended for use by patients and their family members and described by the hospital as a "chart to help you and your family members keep a current record of information that physicians need to know." The record includes places for patients and family members to document immunizations, allergies, prescribed medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, and over-the-counter medicines. Patients are advised to keep the information in the form current and bring the form with them when they visit a physician, go for tests, or when they are admitted to the hospital. Access the Community Memorial Hospital med rec form ->

3. Hawaii Medical Service Association Medication Reconciliation Post-Discharge Form

The final of the three medication reconciliation forms on this list comes from the Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), a nonprofit health insurer in Hawaii. It specifically concerns medication reconciliation post-discharge (MRP). As we have noted, "To ensure patient safety, 100% of patients should be receiving an MRP within 72 hours of discharge, but only about 50% of patients do." In addition to the MRP form, this HMSA resource includes a medication reconciliation post-discharge checklist and instructions. Access the HMSA medication reconciliation post-discharge form ->

4. Johns Hopkins Medication Reconciliation Tracking Tool

Developed by The Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, this tool is intended to help organizations test the effectiveness of their medication reconciliation process during patient admission. The tool, available via the IHI website as a spreadsheet and described as a "tracking system," was designed for testing medication reconciliation upon admission to a critical care unit. However, it can be modified and applied to the admission process for any unit. Access the Johns Hopkins medication reconciliation tracking tool ->

5. Cureatr Medication Reconciliation eBook

Our free guide takes a deep dive into medication reconciliation, covering everything a reader should know about medication reconciliation, including why it's important, how it affects patient safety, and best practices. As we note, "Following the extensive guidance in this resource can help you achieve significant improvements in quality and financial performance." Access the Cureatr medication reconciliation eBook ->

6. Medication Reconciliation Poster for Patients

Want to help improve patient participation in the medication reconciliation process? Consider creating a poster like this one, developed in collaboration by several Canadian organizations. It's a list of five questions that can help patients and their caregivers engage in conversations about medications with healthcare providers. Access the medication reconciliation poster ->

7. California Pacific Medical Center Health and Safety Passport

This resource, developed by California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco in collaboration with the Center for Patient and Community Education, is intended to help patients track critical information that would prove helpful if and when they require medical care. The resource includes space for personal contact information, emergency contact information, medical history, allergies, family history, vaccinations, and provider information. It includes space for other details, including current medications. IHI, which provides access to the portable health record, notes that inclusion of medication information, including over-the-counter and herbal medications, turns the passport into a helpful medication reconciliation tool. Access the California Pacific Medical Center's health and safety passport ->

8. Minnesota Hospital Association Medication Reconciliation Road Map

This road map, presented as a 24-item medication reconciliation checklist, was developed by a multidisciplinary work group convened by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA). As MHA notes, its road maps "provide hospitals and health systems with evidence-based recommendations and standards for the development of topic-specific prevention and quality improvement programs and are intended to align process improvements with outcome data." In the case of the med rec road map, the tool is intended to help users find gaps in their current processes. It also provides medication reconciliation resources that can help fill missing road map elements. Access MHA's medication reconciliation road map ->

9. Cureatr Medication Reconciliation Webinar

Another of our free resources, this webinar features Cureatr's Chief Medical Officer Michael Ross. MD, MHA, and Troy Trygstad, PharmD, MBA, PhD, vice president of pharmacy programs at Community Care of North Carolina, discussing medication reconciliation and other issues, such as adverse drug events and medication non-adherence, and how they affect patient safety and the delivery of care. Access the Cureatr medication reconciliation webinar ->

10. Advisory Board Medication Reconciliation C-Suite Cheat Sheet

The final med rec resource we highlight in this blog comes from Advisory Board. It's a two-page medication reconciliation cheat sheet designed for suppliers and service providers to help them engage in discussions with members of the C-suite about medication reconciliation. More specifically, the cheat sheet speaks to the following four questions: 1) Why is medication reconciliation a key issue for providers? 2) How does medication reconciliation work? 3) How does medication reconciliation affect providers? 4) How might medication reconciliation impact provider-supplier sales relationships?  

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