Problem

How can my consultant pharmacist help me to improve outcomes and reduce the overall cost of care?

We have a team of Certified Geriatric Pharmacists who specialize in medication strategies for seniors.

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what is a certified geriatric pharmacist?

How a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist Can Help Reduce Risk for Medication-related Problems

A Certified Geriatric Pharmacist has passed a comprehensive examination to demonstrate knowledge and expertise in the use of medicines in older adults. This is a small elite group with a very specific area of expertise. Many older adults have complex medication regimens, involving multiple medications from multiple prescribers. In many cases, a caregiver (such as a relative) may be providing assistance with managing the medications. In these situations, a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) is a valuable addition to the team. It’s about making sure each patient is on the right mediction, no more no less, for optimal health and cost of care.

The CGP can:

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    Partner with you and other health professionals to help ensure appropriate use of medications

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    Help evaluate benefits and risks of the medications

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    Answer questions about the medications

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    Recommend removal of unecessary medications

meet our team

what do they do?

PDPM goes into effect October 2019

PDPM is a reimbursement change that could stress providers beyond the breaking point. Are you ready? PDPM readiness will have a direct impact on NTA reimbursement, your medication expenses and patient outcome performance. Your pharmacy can be a seamless extension of your care team.



Antibiotoic Stewardship

Alarming statistics like these have resulted in stringent regulatory mandates including the CMS "Mega Rule" and CDC Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship, making the need for an infection evaluation assessment critically important.

That is why we have created an assessment tool that:

  • Assesses and documents signs & symptoms of infections
  • Provides cues to nursing staff when transmission-based precautions are indicated
  • Documents nurse-verified organism susceptible to the antibiotic ordered by the prescriber
  • Evaluated the least restrictive transmission-based precautions
  • Assesses and plans for preventing reoccurence
  • Collects data that can be accessed for infection surveillance
Clinical Consulting

Our constant goal is to safely reduce and eliminate the use of potentially inappropriate medications. We treat each patient uniquely, and work to educate prescribers, nurses, care staff and family members on all the options.

Because we approach each patient situation uniquely, the goal to reduce meds should not be universally applied. We do, however, seek opportunity to reduce the use of high risk meds wherever possible.

REDUCTION OF POTENTIALLY INAPPROPRIATE MEDICATIONS

Consonus partnered with a community organization and the staff at five ALF communities to dramatically reduce potentially inappropriate medications.

REDUCTION OF ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATIONS

Partnered with a large Skilled Nursing Facility to implement best practice guidance from CMS, AHCA, AMDA, ASCP, and CDPH to reduce antipsychotic use from 17.3% to 7.5% in 24 months.

Summary

Our Certified Geriatric Pharmacists are specifically trained to improve care and reduce overall cost of care.