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Date Updated:
Thu Jul 25 2019

764, Leapfrog Group, https://www.leapfroggroup.org

Medication reconciliation

The descriptions for this measure come from source: www.leapfroggroup.org.

Medication reconciliation is the process of identifying and maintaining an accurate list of all medications a patient is taking. When a patient is admitted or discharged from the hospital, it is very important that the health care provider ensures that the patient’s list of medications is correct and includes any new medications the patient should start taking and excludes any medications that the patient should stop taking. Accurate medication reconciliation can help prevent medication errors that could seriously harm a patient.

About this measure

To fully meet Leapfrog’s standard for medication reconciliation, hospitals must have a protocol in place to collect data on the accuracy of the hospital’s medication reconciliation process. Hospitals that are working on putting a medication reconciliation protocol into place are scored as Willing to Report. Scores are reported as:

1 = Willing to Report
2 = Some Progress
3 = Substantial Progress
4 = Fully Meets the Standard

Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.