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Title
Medication-Related Adverse Events in Nursing Homes
Memo #
15-47-NH
Posting Date
2015-07-17
Fiscal Year
2015
Summary
• Medication-Related Adverse Events – Adverse events related to high risk medications can have devastating effects to nursing home residents. Proper management of high risk medications represents a serious challenge for nursing homes, and merits close attention by top management and staff throughout the facility. We are very concerned about the prevalence of adverse events involving such medications. • Focused Survey on Medication Safety Systems and Adverse Drug Event Trigger Tool - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun pilot testing a Focused Survey on Medication Safety Systems to look at nursing home systems around high risk and problem-prone medications using an Adverse Drug Event Trigger Tool. The CMS is making the draft tool available to assist surveyors in investigating medication related adverse events and to nursing home providers as a risk management tool.
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