SOURCE: The Doctors Company

July 06, 2015 11:36 ET

Improper Use of Medication Is Focus of New Healthcare Coalition

Leaders Convene in July to Help Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Sacramento

NAPA, CA--(Marketwired - July 06, 2015) - The problem of improper medication use leading to health issues and hospital readmissions will be addressed by the California Patient Safety Action Coalition (CAPSAC), a new group formed to improve patient adherence to medication plans and reduce hospital readmission rates in the Sacramento, California, area. The Doctors Company, the nation's largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, is a founding member of the coalition.

The first meeting of the coalition will take place at 1:00 PM on July 16 at the Sacramento Office of Education, 10474 Mather Blvd., in Mather. The collaborative meeting is open to the public, and hospital executives, nursing home administrators, home health agency directors, and community-based organizations are encouraged to attend.

The coalition of prominent healthcare leaders and stakeholders aims to reduce hospital readmission rates in Sacramento by over 10 percent by 2018, from the current rate of 17.6 percent down to 15.8 percent.

Up to 70 percent of medication errors occur due to communication around handoffs, including when the patient is discharged, according to Theresa M. Frei, RN, MBA, Chair, CAPSAC. The coalition will examine opportunities to improve communication at this crucial juncture to ensure patient understanding of how to execute the medication plan at home.

"This meeting will focus on what the facility does to make sure the right medication goes to the right patient, and how we can ensure that the patient understands the correct dosage and the medication instructions when they're home," said Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, senior vice president and chief patient safety officer, The Doctors Company.

The coalition aims to make medication adherence as intuitive as using a cell phone, according to Frei. "Your phone is intuitive -- why not your healthcare?" Frei said. "Discharges with ambiguous instructions would be as if your phone was designed in isolation and didn't make sense once you took it out into the real world. The medication plan developed in the hospital needs to translate once the patient comes home."

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The mission of the California Patient Safety Action Coalition (CAPSAC) ( is to organize Sacramento providers and stakeholders to coordinate care and reduce the burden of illness for people living in the community, with a specific focus on improving medication safety.

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