AHRQ Offers Free Toolkit to Improve Medication Reconciliation

AHRQ has a free toolkit available to help acute care and post-acute care facilities evaluate and improve their current medication reconciliation process. The toolkit, “Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit for Medication Reconciliation,” can help facilities reduce patient harm due to adverse drug events or medication errors. The MATCH toolkit: • Promotes compliance with The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal for maintaining and communicating accurate patient medication information. •Can lead to better care transitions and fewer unnecessary readmissions by helping to ensure patients receive the right medication in the right dose at the right time. •Provides a framework to capture complete, accurate medication information through electronic health records (EHRs). •Enables the creation of a medication reconciliation process from scratch or redesigning an existing process. The MATCH toolkit features a comprehensive work plan with procedural guidelines and flowcharts, modifiable templates, pilot-test recommendations, and other resources to help facilities improve medication reconciliation processes. A print copy is available by sending an e-mail to AHRQpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/match/