CHF Discharge Medication Reconciliation

CHF Discharge Medication Reconciliation Exceeds Target

By Paul A. Silka, M.D., Chief of Staff

I am pleased to announce that CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) Discharge Medication Reconciliation compliance for May reached 94 percent, placing Cedars-Sinai in the top 10 percent of all hospitals reporting on this measure. Congratulations and thanks to all of our physicians who are compliant with the CHF Discharge Medication Core Measure.

This achievement represents a significant increase since this time last year.

Many people dedicated a great deal of time and effort into helping us achieve this high rate of compliance. Among them, I would like to give special thanks to Team Leaders Clement Yang, M.D., and Dani Hackner, M.D., as well as Les Sampson, M.S.N., R.N., Mary Riedinger, Ph.D., R.N., and their Core Measure Team: Diane Alexander, R.N., and Marie Cezar, R.N. Additional support towards this milestone was provided by Thea Campbell, Ray Duncan, M.D., Gail Grant, M.D., Paige Heaphy, and Vipul Patel, Pharm.D.

As a reminder, a two-step process is required by physicians discharging Congestive Heart Failure patients:

  1. Completion of the E-Discharge Medication List (available in Web/VS) with signature;
  2. Dictation of the exact same list of medications.

Physicians are advised to dictate their discharge summary at the time of discharge using the list. A scanned version of the list will be available in the medication tab of Web/VS after discharge. To be compliant with the JCAHO/CMS measure, the E-Discharge Medication List, which the patient receives, and the medication list in the dictated summary must match.

The E-Discharge Medication List is mandatory for CHF patients and highly recommended for all others.

For more information, please call Dani Hackner, M.D., at (310) 423-4683 or Clement Yang, M.D., at (310) 385-3437.