Clinical Evidence

Study: Readmission Rate Was 48% Lower When Using MedActionPlan

By helping patients avoid medication errors and increasing adherence, MedActionPlan can help reduce readmission rates.

A study conducted by Sharp HealthCare and Touro University California College of Pharmacy examined the impact of a Continuum of Care Network (CCN) led by a Continuum of Care Resident Pharmacist on 30-day readmissions of heart failure patients as well as compliance with a key process of care measure, discharge instructions.

MedActionPlan schedules became one of the key interventions by the pharmacist, along with discharge counseling and resolving medication reconciliation problems. This study showed a 48% reduction in 30-day readmissions.

Another finding of the study was that after implementation of the CCN with MedActionPlan, Heart Failure core measure 1 compliance rates improved from the 80th percentile to the 90th percentile.

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Study: MedActionPlan Helped Decrease Length of Stay 56%

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require transplant centers to document the participation of a pharmacist on interdisciplinary transplant teams in order to meet accreditation standards.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital (PSHMC), where about 50 kidney transplants are performed every year, conducted a retrospective analysis examining the inclusion of pharmacists on the hospital’s interdisciplinary kidney transplant team.

The analysis found that reorganizing patient education, including adoption of MedActionPlan as the standard medication list, was among the most significant contributions by the pharmacists.

The 56% reduction in lengths of stay was estimated to save $279,180 annually. 

Changing transplant recipient education and inpatient transplant pharmacy practices: A single-center perspective
Angela Q. Maldonado, Douglas L. Weeks, Amanda N. Bitterman, Jo Ann McCleary, Todd C. Seiger, Richard W. Carson, Patrick K. Tabon, Angela L. Goroski, and Okechukwu N. Ojogho

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Study: RNs Using MedActionPlan Improved HCAHPS Scores

When staff perceived that patients were not adequately prepared for discharge, they turned to MedActionPlan to provide a medication “calendar” for bedside education.

The result: these nurses achieved a significant improvement in key HCAHPS categories.

Patient Driven Medication Administration in the New Post Renal/Liver Transplant Patient—Starts at Admission
Tia Dechairo RN, Spela Gasperlin RN-BSN, Kristen Hodnik RN-BSN, Karli Lapointe RN-BSN, Ashlee Lohman RN-BSN, Nancy Neal RN-BSN, and Mallory Shull RN-BSN

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Study: MedActionPlan Enhances Education and Continuity of Care

In this study, a team from Baylor University Medical Center performing 200 blood and marrow transplants every year details how they used MedActionPlan to significantly improve education and compliance with complex medication regimens.

The study lists key features that made MedActionPlan schedules useful:

  • Medication images
  • Special medication instructions
  • Checklist to record adherence
  • Customized for individual patients
  • Spanish translations
  • HIPAA-compliant security and privacy
  • Multiple print formats

The study also found that MedActionPlan improved the continuity of care between inpatient and outpatient settings.

Medactionplan.com as a Tool for Patient Education and Medication Management in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Setting
W. Chuang, M.J. Pineiro, A. Ginsburg, A. Reyes, C. Ueng, C. Matta, M. Taschek, E.A. Agura, R.B. Berryman, L.A. Pineiro, E.A. Vance, J.W. Fay

“MedActionPlan has empowered our patients and their caregivers to be proactive participants in their healthcare program. Patients are able to quickly refer to a centralized and comprehensive medication profile which allows for significantly improved understanding of, and ultimately, compliance with complex medication regimens. MedActionPlan has proved to be a valuable resource and has both enhanced the quality of patient education in our transplant program and improved the continuity of care between inpatient and outpatient settings.”

—Quote from the study

Survey: What Providers Think About MedActionPlan

The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) surveyed members who use MedActionPlan to educate patients. Some highlights of the most recent survey include:

  • 98% saw improvement in patient care and medication adherence when using MedActionPlan. 61.5% rated the improvement as “significant”
  • 96% agreed that MedActionPlan improves patients’ understanding of their medication regimens
  • 85% said MedActionPlan helps patients better identify their medications
  • 89% felt “increased confidence that MAP helps patients feel empowered and contributing to their own care”

The results also indicate that MedActionPlan can help healthcare professionals work more efficiently (69% agreed with that statement).

 

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What Patients and Caregivers Think About MedActionPlan and MyMedSchedule

“We went through a successful kidney transplant in November 2007, and were introduced to MyMedSchedule through the transplant hospital (University of California, San Diego Medical Center). We love it because it enables us to keep up-to-date medication lists—thanks for this handy program that we can't do without!”
Debbie and Kevin C. — Lakeside, CA
“As a Registered Nurse and a patient with Fibromuscular Dysplasia, I find MyMedSchedule is user-friendly and is a great way to keep track of my multiple medications.”
K. U., RN — Minnesota
“Thank you so much, I love this program. I could never get my pills correct until I found out about this service, and I recommend this to any and all people who need to take medication.”
William H. — Florida
“The med list is great—my sister and I (both nurses), keep this updated for our Mom so she can hand it to the EMTs if she has to go to the hospital. As healthcare providers, we believe this is one of the simplest formats for recording current meds.”
K. M., RN — Titusville, FL
S. C., RN — Blairstown, NJ
“I personally take 8 different drugs up to three times daily, and that's half of what I was taking 6 months ago—immediately after the surgery. MyMedSchedule helped me get organized and stay on track and it makes my life so much easier.”
Greg D. — Lake Peekskill, NY
“The support staff at MedActionPlan is incredible. All my questions have been answered or solved promptly. I feel like they really are concerned with my issues… at a time in my life when that extra concern and understanding was needed.”
Linda A. — Fremont, Nebraska
“I cannot express to you how valuable this service has been to our clients in assisting them to stay medication compliant. Because of this service many of our clients have been able to live independently, stay healthier and avoid hospitalization.”
Kara M. RN, BSN, PHN — Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services
“It was a remarkable sense of empowerment that we all felt, when we knew my daughter would be getting the correct meds and dosages each day, which had not been the case for some time while she was trying to manage her own meds and prior to finding MyMedSchedule.”
Natalie B. — McGrath, Alaska
“I think you may have saved my life. I get about half of my scrips taken on a good day—so many, and I'm so tired and stressed. This does everything but put them in my mouth, plus provides a record. Bless you, bless you, bless you… My healthcare team is thrilled, and I’m getting better.”
Allie P. — Mt Dora, FL
“I keep a wallet size copy in my pocket to present to my physicians, and post another larger copy on the cabinet next to where I fill my pill dispenser weekly. It makes things foolproof! ”
Jim J.

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