Transitional Care

Providing the Support Residents Need, When They Need it Most

Improve accuracy, quality and your readmission rate with better medication management during those all-important transitions of care. PharMerica’s integrated programs help you bridge the gap successfully, whether you have a new admission or outgoing resident. With our interventions, you’ll ensure residents continue to receive optimal drug therapy across the full cycle of care.

DischargeRx

Ensure continuity of medications for residents after discharge

With adverse drug events causing more than one million emergency room visits a year and medication errors accounting for 66 percent of hospital readmissions, discharge planning isn’t complete without ensuring your residents have the medications they need to continue their care at home. Through DischargeRx, PharMerica takes care of all the details so outgoing residents leave with their medications, delivering three big benefits:

  • Cost Containment: Depending on the number of outgoing residents the value of the program can add up. DischargeRx facilities can save up to $4,000 per month on the cost of remaining medications that patients take home thanks to PharMerica’s independent billing process. Plus, facilities save on penalties stemming from higher-than-expected readmission rates.
     
  • Reduced Readmissions: Integrating seamlessly into your current process, DischargeRx ensures your residents continue their drug therapy at home and don’t suffer any setbacks that could result in rehospitalization. We even call each resident to ensure they’re taking medications and have a follow-up appointment scheduled with their physician to boost compliance.
     
  • Enhanced Reputation: For each discharge, medications are pulled from the cart and new ones are automatically processed so residents leave with up to a 30-day supply, allowing them to avoid an anxiety-filled stop at the pharmacy on the way home. The convenience and guaranteed continuity of medications boosts a facility’s reputation for quality care – a real differentiator that makes a facility stand out to hospitals.
     

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TransitionRx

Improve Resident Transitions from Hospital to Facility

TransitionRx is a no-cost, pre-admission program. The admission assessments help your facility make informed decisions about incoming residents by providing a complete list of their medications and lower-cost alternatives.

Up to 72 hours before a resident’s discharge, TransitionRx gets medication information from hospital discharge planners and runs it through our Price Forecaster tool. You’ll get a total picture of each resident’s drug profile, including coverage and pricing alternatives, that you can review with the admitting physician.

Once admitted, TransitionRx continues to serve as a key strategy to ensure quality care during the handoff through effective communication and accurate medication reconciliation performed within 24 hours. With an estimated 60 percent of medication errors occurring during transitions, this added step safeguards against delays, inappropriate therapies and increased healthcare costs.

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