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Journal Article

High prevalence of medication discrepancies between home health referrals and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services home health certification and plan of care and their potential to affect safety of vulnerable elderly adults.

Brody AA, Gibson B, Tresner-Kirsch D, et al. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2016;64:e166-e170.

Medication reconciliation at the time of hospital discharge is a key patient safety practice. This study found a high prevalence of discrepancies between older patients' hospital discharge medication lists and home health care providers' medication lists. The authors conclude that more work is needed to enhance care coordination to ensure accurate medication reconciliation for recently hospitalized older adults.