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October 23, 2014
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October 23, 2014
Med-Check PASSPORT Toolkit
Keeping Patients and Healthcare Providers on the Same Page about Medications. 

Many individuals receive health care from a variety of access points throughout the community; they
may have one or more chronic conditions and have medicines prescribed by different health care
providers; some may even get their medicines from different sources.   To help patients keep track
of their medications and to keep providers on the same page about all the medicines a patient may
be taking,  the Schools of Pharmacy in Maryland (University of Maryland , Baltimore; University of
Maryland Eastern Shore, and Notre Dame of Maryland University) in collaboration with the Primary
Care Coalition and Delmarva Foundation have developed the Med-Check Passport Toolkit & Guide (v.1.]
 -- a medication reconciliation form with accompanying educational and training  videos designed to
help ensure patients and all of their providers have an up to date record of all the medicines a
person may take.  (The Med-Check PASSPORT Toolkit was developed with funding from the Delmarva
Foundation, under contract with CMS.  The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy

October 22, 2014
Young Children at Risk from Wrong Medicine Doses
Every year, an average of 63,358 medication errors occur in children younger than age 6, and 25% of
those errors are in infants, younger than 12 months old—that comes down to a child in the United
States being given the wrong medicine or wrong dose every eight minutes, according to a new study
in the journal Pediatrics.  More than 200,000 out-of-hospital medication errors are reported to
U.S. poison control centers annually, and approximately 30% of these cases involve children under 6
years of age.   These mistakes occur outside of the hospital, doctor’s office or clinic and
typically involve liquid medications (81.9%). The most common error was incorrect dosing: giving
the wrong dose (17.8%); giving the correct dose, but inadvertently giving it twice (27%); or
confusing the units of measure (8.2%), according to the study. Giving or taking the wrong
medication was seen in 7.8% of cases. Researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Central Ohio
Poison Center and The Ohio State University College of Medicine, all in Columbus, OH reviewed data
from the National Poison Database System and looked at medication errors that occurred in the
community from 2002 through 2012 among children younger than age 6 years.   

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October 20, 2014
Mark your calendar: Get Smart About Antibiotics Week – Nov. 17-23, 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work and
Get Smart for Healthcare programs invite your organization to join them this year in making Get
Smart About Antibiotics Week 2014 (Get Smart Week) a success.  Recent reports by both the World
Health Organization and CDC acknowledge that antimicrobial resistance is now a major global threat
and efforts to address this growing crisis are urgently needed.  Tools and resource examples
available on the Get Smart Week website to assist you in doing the following:
•	Educating consumers and patients about appropriate use of antibiotics and relieving symptoms;
•	Supporting appropriate prescribing by healthcare professionals; and
•	Engaging media to cover the issue of antibiotic resistance.
Partner organizations are encouraged to confirm their participation by Friday, November 7, to
ensure inclusion on the Get Smart website by November 14.  

October 20, 2014
Promoting Appropriate Medication Use: A Collaborative
Appropriate medication use is an interest and an area of collaborative activity for the Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics
(CERTs).  In March 2014, AHRQ, the CERTs Scientific Forum and the six CERTs research centers
convened more than 60 diverse stakeholders, including patients, providers, researchers, and payers,
for a two-day meeting to discuss patient-centered approaches to appropriate medication use. Topics
ranged from the role of patients and the community, to health information technology, to health
literacy. The goals of the meeting were to:

•	Foster a patient-centered perspective on medication use.
•	Share perspectives on needed innovations in terms of policy, intervention, and research, as well
as available resources.
•	Identify key priorities for action.
•	Determine interest in and brainstorm mechanisms for continued collaboration.

Ray Bullman, NCPIE’s Executive Vice President, described NCPIE’s long history of bringing together
stakeholders—including patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals—who are committed to
improving communication about the safe, appropriate use of medicines through interventions and
policy. Mr. Bullman discussed the 2013 NCPIE  Adherence Action Agenda(www.bemedicinesmart.org), which focuses on
multiple chronic conditions and co-morbidities; patient factors such as low health literacy,
economic challenges, and cultural beliefs; and the interplay of macro-factors (e.g., technology,
policy changes).

Rebecca Burkholder, the Vice President of Health Policy for National Consumers League, and a NCPIE
Board member, described NCL’s Script Your Future campaign. The objective of the campaign is to
raise awareness about the importance of taking medication as directed. The public education
campaign includes coordinated national communications and targeted outreach in six cities across
the nation.  Discoveries to date include the value of collaboration, the importance of health care
provider engagement, and the demand for consumer tools. 

October 20, 2014
Take Note of OpenNotes
The OpenNotes project is an initiative that is working to give patients access to the notes that
doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers write after a clinical appointment or discussion.
OpenNotes can help improve communication between patients and providers, help increase
understanding of medical issues, encourage patients to take a more active role in making health
care decisions and help them better manage their health.  OpenNotes also helps patients share notes
with their caregivers.  While not all institutions offer online access to visit notes yet, ask your
provider for a copy of your typed or hand-written notes.  And, you can encourage clinicians and
health institutions around the country to make OpenNotes a routine part of health care