Medication Accuracy, Safety, and Efficiency

Medication Accuracy

MedCare LTC utilizes a 5 Star Medication Tracking System to ensure accuracy. Packaging and labels are inspected and errors are identified before the medications leave the pharmacy.

There are five pharmacists checks relative to every medication received and dispensed.

  1. Orders are triaged and organized in order of importance upon receipt
  2. Orders are then checked by two Pharmacists prior to being filled
  3. Visual check by Pharmacist after orders are filled
  4. Pharmacist completes a Bar Code Scan to match drug/Rx to each patient
  5. Pharmacist Delivery Manifest check – Bar code scan matching right patient, right drug, right strength, right facility

Drug Profile/Interaction

Monitoring drug/drug and drug/food interactions will be coordinated through computer-based drug profiles maintained for all residents. Drug interactions and drug/food interactions are flagged prior to filling. When interactions occur that could lead to clinical complications, the facility is notified immediately.

Drug allergies will also be monitored via MedCare’s computer system. Pharmacy data entry personnel are warned of drug allergies prior to prescription dispensing. The facility is notified and alternative therapies recommended.

Medication Reduction

MedCare’s clinical pharmacists conduct prospective drug utilization reviews at intake. The goal is medication reduction via elimination of duplicate therapies, overdoses and unnecessary medications. Our clinical pharmacy staff will work collaboratively with facility’s pharmacy consultant and medical director.

Formulary Management

With the plethora of insurance plans and corresponding formularies today, MedCare understands that it is a challenge for doctors to be aware of what is covered for a patient. That is why we make it a part of our job to assist the doctor and the patient in obtaining the most cost effective medications. We constantly evaluate patient Med D plans to ensure the selected plan meets patient needs. Disease states change, and it is important that this function be part of pharmacy practice.

Fiscal Responsibility

MedCare has experience working with multiple payers. Pre Admission screening is an integral part of pharmacy performance to aid residents in cost analysis. When medications or products are not covered, the facility and/or the patient’s representative are contacted.