Medication Safety and Social Determinants of Health
Medication issues endanger the lives and well-being of a high percentage of community-dwelling elders. The Partners in Care Foundation (Partners) Program, HomeMeds℠, incorporates home visits for medication safety and to address social determinants of health. Community-based organizations across the country have adopted HomeMeds℠ to discover and resolve medication-related problems like falls, dizziness, and confusion. Many are partnering with medical groups, hospitals, and health plans to use this in-home extender, with great results. Our speakers, June Simmons and Sandy Atkins, from Partners, will walk through the genesis of the program, its component parts, outcomes and studies proving its efficacy, and the web-based tool at the heart of its success.
June Simmons, President and CEO of the Partners in Care Foundation is nationally recognized for her leadership in the administration of health care organizations. Since founding Partners in 1997, June has led the organization’s pioneering role in developing and scaling evidence-based care models, leading to innovative and effective interventions for the management of chronic conditions, the challenges of aging, and better coordinated care to improve health care outcomes. Under her leadership Partners has become recognized nationally as specialists in the social determinants of health. June has been active as one of the co-founders of the national Evidence-Based Leadership Council. She continues to work in co-founding collaborations with other key leaders, most recently the Los Angeles Alliance for Community Health and Aging – a new public health partnership, designed to disseminate evidence-based intervention and education programs to achieve better health results for diverse populations. In Fall 2015, she joined the Board of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and has recently completed terms on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Transforming End-of-Life Care.
Sandy Atkins is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the Partners in Care Foundation. She is the key contact for Partners’ nationally-recognized HomeMeds℠ program, and works closely with Partners’ CEO, June Simmons, to provide strategic guidance to the organization. Prior to joining Partners, Sandy was Program Director of USC’s Center for Long-Term Care Integration.
More about HomeMeds℠: Data show that around 60% of recently discharged have potential medication problems, such as taking generic and brand name versions of the same drug or falls related to psychoactive medications. Pharmacists are deployed to help resolve the issues discovered in the home. To make the most of the home visit and inform future care, a full psychosocial assessment including home safety, physical and cognitive functioning and depression screening is often added – HomeMeds-Plus.
This Webinar is a non-commercial presentation sponsored by ZurickDavis
Posted on May 20, 2019