Illinois pharmacists to make house calls
In an effort to help seniors manage multiple prescriptions, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDA) has started sending pharmacist-led healthcare teams on home visits to seniors to conduct medication reconciliations and reviews.
The state hopes its one-year campaign will help reduce the rate of readmissions to hospitals and long-term care facilities for older adults with multiple chronic illnesses attributed to poor medication adherence. The program started this December.
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The state is working with APC LLC, a pharmacist-driven care coordination service, in selecting healthcare groups to conduct the in-home visits. The process will include gathering case manager records, patient-reported information, and clinical assessments, and reviewing patient insurance information.
"Older adults in Illinois are especially susceptible to nursing home and emergency room admissions due to overly complicated medication plans," said IDA Director Jean Bohnhoff. "With this demonstration, we have an opportunity to reduce those admissions and help improve the quality of life for our participants."
Various studies have shown that older patients with multiple prescriptions and complex dosing regimens have lower rates of medication adherence.