HOSPITALS & HEALTH SYSTEMS
Hospitals face daunting financial pressures due to Medicare readmission penalties. While studies show that pharmacists can reduce preventable readmissions by as much as 86%, less than one-third of hospitals actually involve pharmacists in discharge counseling or post-discharge follow-up of high-risk patients.
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Ateb is now a part of Omnicell: Dedicated to Medication Adherence.
Inspired by care, Omnicell offers our pharmacy partners an innovative suite of solutions to increase patient engagement and improve medication adherence, enabling differentiation in the value-based outcomes healthcare continuum.
Ateb is innovatively disrupting the “revolving door” by coordinating the efforts of community hospitals and pharmacies to prevent 30-day hospital readmissions in an exciting new pay-for-performance model. Ateb’s pharmacy-based patient care solutions enable hospitals and community pharmacies to mutually improve quality and reduce preventable readmissions, thereby lowering the overall cost of health care.
Ateb’s Transitional Care Solution helps prevent medication errors that frequently occur during the transition from one care setting to another, such as being discharged from a hospital and returning home or being admitted to a long-term care facility.
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By having Ateb as a connector, hospitals are able to provide discharge data to Ateb using standard established processes that do not require new integration or IT work. Ateb then works with its local pharmacy partners to review the discharge information and prompting a series of timely interventions that ensure high touch patient follow-up to prevent costly readmissions.
Ateb’s Transitional Care Solution helps hospitals reduce preventable 30-day readmissions due to pharmacist intervention by:
By coordinating their efforts, hospitals and community pharmacies are able to reduce readmission rates significantly. Engagement of the community pharmacist at the time of discharge establishes inpatient-outpatient continuity of care. Pharmacists are well-positioned to ensure that patients understand all medication changes that occurred during their hospital stay, receive the right medications at discharge, are reminded to follow up with their physicians in a timely fashion, and receive monitoring for adverse events and medication adherence. These pharmacy-delivered services have been shown to reduce 30-day readmissions by as much as 50 percent.
—Rebecca W. Chater, RPh, MPH, FAPhA
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