Hospital Medicine: An Inside Look at Medication Reconciliation
Summary: This month’s feature highlights an initiative of the Society of Hospital Medicine aimed at helping hospitalists drive team-based medication reconciliation programs. Dr. Jeffrey Schnipper, director of clinical research for the hospitalist service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, both in Boston, discusses the opportunities and challenges of med-rec and why he thinks med-rec shouldn’t be viewed as just a regulatory issue. Dr. Stephanie Mueller, a clinician investigator and hospitalist researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, talks about how MARQUIS components were developed and the role patients can play in med-rec. Dr. Amanda Salanitro, a hospitalist at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and an instructor at Vanderbilt University, both in Nashville, shares why she sees accountability as a critical component of med-rec quality improvement and her thoughts about how IT can help the process.