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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/182107
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Nurse-Driven Prescription for Medication Success
Author(s):
Zimmer, Michele
Author Details:
Michele Zimmer, MS, RN, CCRN-CMC, Senior Clinical Nurse II, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, email: mzimmer@umm.edu
Abstract:
Poster presentation, ANCC National Magnet Conference: Nurses in our cardiology unit noticed that patients were verbalizing difficulty in paying for their medication regimen even when insured. Nationally, one third of medication noncompliance can be associated with medication cost or the patients inability to pay1. Our facility had no structured process for identifying medication compliance issues. Our nurses developed and piloted an admission screening tool to help them identify patients likely to need pharmaceutical assistance upon discharge. In addition to affordability, survey questions included accessibility, safety, prescribing compliance, and supply. Results revealed that patients do have issues with maintaining compliance with their medication regimen when cost is involved. Almost one third of patients reported that they skipped doses to stretch their prescriptions. As a result, the nurses devised strategies to improve the structure and process of identifying patients needing pharmaceutical assistance. We involve the case manager and social worker as partners with the Patient Care Coordinator early on to provide information about affordability and pharmacy assistance programs to those identified with need. We educate patients about ways to reduce medication costs such as through comparative shopping at their local pharmacies. For instance, we priced the cost of a prescription for a common anti-platelet medication and found prices that varied from $80 up to $200. Today, our strategies are used on a daily basis in the cardiology unit to provide assistance to those who cannot afford their medications. We also use the strategies to assist with decreasing out of pocket expenses for others.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2010
Conference Name:
ANCC National Magnet Conference
Conference Host:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Conference Location:
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Description:
The 14th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 13-15 October, 2010 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Nurse-Driven Prescription for Medication Successen_GB
dc.contributor.authorZimmer, Micheleen_US
dc.author.detailsMichele Zimmer, MS, RN, CCRN-CMC, Senior Clinical Nurse II, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, email: mzimmer@umm.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/182107-
dc.description.abstractPoster presentation, ANCC National Magnet Conference: Nurses in our cardiology unit noticed that patients were verbalizing difficulty in paying for their medication regimen even when insured. Nationally, one third of medication noncompliance can be associated with medication cost or the patients inability to pay1. Our facility had no structured process for identifying medication compliance issues. Our nurses developed and piloted an admission screening tool to help them identify patients likely to need pharmaceutical assistance upon discharge. In addition to affordability, survey questions included accessibility, safety, prescribing compliance, and supply. Results revealed that patients do have issues with maintaining compliance with their medication regimen when cost is involved. Almost one third of patients reported that they skipped doses to stretch their prescriptions. As a result, the nurses devised strategies to improve the structure and process of identifying patients needing pharmaceutical assistance. We involve the case manager and social worker as partners with the Patient Care Coordinator early on to provide information about affordability and pharmacy assistance programs to those identified with need. We educate patients about ways to reduce medication costs such as through comparative shopping at their local pharmacies. For instance, we priced the cost of a prescription for a common anti-platelet medication and found prices that varied from $80 up to $200. Today, our strategies are used on a daily basis in the cardiology unit to provide assistance to those who cannot afford their medications. We also use the strategies to assist with decreasing out of pocket expenses for others.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T15:09:25Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T15:09:25Z-
dc.conference.date2010en_US
dc.conference.nameANCC National Magnet Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostAmerican Nurses Credentialing Centeren_US
dc.conference.locationPhoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.descriptionThe 14th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 13-15 October, 2010 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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