Moorestown, NJ (March 1, 2017) – Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRHC), a healthcare technology company providing medication safety solutions for health plans and provider groups, has successfully implemented its first payer-based Care Transitions program focused on medication risk mitigation following discharge from a hospital or post-acute care facility. The purpose is to provide comprehensive medication reconciliation and optimization to prevent readmission due to medication problems.
According to TRHC Chairman and CEO, Calvin H. Knowlton, PhD, this member population is typically on multiple medications to treat chronic diseases. “Polypharmacy raises the chance of dangerous multi-drug interactions and serious side effects that can lead to hospital readmissions,” said Knowlton. “Our goal is to reduce risk for an adverse drug event by personalizing the member’s medication regimen to optimize pharmacotherapy treatment. We are excited to include our Medication Risk Mitigation Software Platform, MedWise Advisor®, as well as our personalized Medication Decision Support processes on behalf of the Plan members.”
The program, which launched January 1, 2017, provides a comprehensive medication reconciliation performed by Tabula Rasa HealthCare (TRHC) pharmacists in the health plan members’ homes within the first week following notification of discharges. Pharmacists perform a medication risk mitigation screening using the TRHC MedWise Advisor® software to determine medication risk. The TRHC pharmacists consult with the patient’s primary physician to discuss actual and potential risks with the goal of avoiding negative consequences. Each members is provided information and documentation regarding his/her reconciled medication regimen and an action plan to discuss with his/her prescribers.
One member commented, “It was a learning experience; it made me feel like I had more control over my life instead of just doing what I was told. It made me feel like I had control over how I felt.”
TRHC’s proprietary science and technology Medication Risk Mitigation products and services perform 360-degree reviews and safety assessments of complex medication regimens, providing an innovative, alternative approach to personalized pharmacotherapy. The objective is to optimize medication use thereby improving outcomes, including reduction in falls, emergency room visits, and medication-related hospitalizations.