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June HEN Learning Community Registration Open

You can now register for the June 3rd HEN Learning Community at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, IA.  This LC will feature a presentation from Paul Moore, Senior Health Policy Advisor with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on "Accelerating Results: Valuable Updates from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy". Following the opening, Dr. Paul Mulhausen, Telligen's Medical Director, will share collaborative strategies to improve medication safety in communities. Breakout tracks are on Data, Healthcare-associated Infections, and Health Literacy/Population Disparities. 

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Hospital Spotlight: Cass County Memorial Hospital

Before the Partnership for Patients Program launched, Cass County Memorial Hospital’s Pharmacy Department reviewed inpatient INRs upon admission and followed them on a daily basis when ordered by the physician.  When the hospital began monitoring INRs >5 for the Partnership for Patients in 2012, the Pharmacy staff collected data retrospectively on all inpatients with a warfarin order. In 2013 the Pharmacy Department put a program in place to monitor and follow every patient with warfarin ordered for potential drug interactions and communicated possible interactions with the physicians. Near the end of 2013, the monitoring process became more formal to improve communication to the physicians for potential drug interactions through the use of a Warfarin Management Form, which was developed by a pharmacy student. This form is now used with every inpatient on warfarin. In January of 2014, a provider requested the INR critical value be changed from 5 to 4. This request was taken to medical staff and the change was approved. From now on, all INRs >4 are considered “critical” and called to the provider. Pharmacy supports this change, as it allows for interventions to occur to prevent the INR from reaching 5. For the last 3 months their INRs have gone from two in January, to one in February, and none in March. The Partnership for Patients Program has created a true “partnership” at Cass County Memorial Hospital. 

Other Resources & Available Opportunities 

Next IHC What's Up Call for HEN Hospitals:
May 13, 2014
10:00 A.M.
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