Medication Management in Older Adults

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Medication management has a great impact on patient outcomes including reduction of emergency department visits, decreases of serious drug events, reduction of healthcare expenditures, and decreases of medication related problems. Medication management may be completed across a variety of settings by the interprofessional team. Participate in this module to learn about medication review, medication therapy management (MTM), and comprehensive medication management (CMM). This module will enable you to perform a comprehensive assessment of medication therapy and develop strategies for addressing medication related problems.

Author Information

Laura Meyer-Junco, PharmD, BCPS, CPE
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Pharmacy
University of Illinois, Rockford

Michael Koronkowski, PharmD, CGP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
Co-Investigator, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Authors’ Bios:
Dr. Laura Meyer-Junco is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy, Rockford campus. Dr. Meyer-Junco received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University College of Pharmacy and also graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She completed a first year Pharmacy Practice residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York as well as a second year Geriatric Specialty residency at the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Meyer-Junco currently practices as a clinical pharmacist in palliative care and geriatrics at Mercy Health Hospital in Rockford, IL. She also serves as a clinical pharmacist for VNA Hospice and Hospice Care of America.

Dr. Michael J. Koronkowski received his B.S. in Pharmacy in 1986 from Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. His Pharm.D. degree was conferred in 1990 from Purdue University College of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency program at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1992 and a Fellowship in Geriatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in conjunction with Duke University and Glaxo Research Institute in 1994.

Dr. Koronkowski joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994 as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Currently, he practices in Internal Medicine/Geriatrics as a Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health System. His research interest include: geriatric pharmacotherapy management, adverse drug reactions, medication safety, post-acute care transitions, and evidence-based interdisciplinary practice models. Current research program funding is ongoing through the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA), Chicago Department of Family Support Services, Senior Services, White Crane Wellness Center, Age Options-Area Agency on Aging targeting community-based senior wellness and the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Related Services Administration (DHHS-HRSA) Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Programs entitled ENGAGE-IL and CATCH-ON targeting Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions in Primary Care.

Peer Reviewer
Joseph T. Hanlon, PharmD, MS

Reviewer’s Bio
Dr. Joseph T. Hanlon is a Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Pharmacy and Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh and is a clinical pharmacist at the Pittsburgh VA. Dr. Hanlon has been a geriatric clinical pharmacist in hospital, nursing home and clinic settings since 1987. He has considerable experience teaching/lecturing on geriatric pharmacotherapy topics for Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy and Public Health, and has conducted research and published extensively over the past 30 years.

Expert Interviewee
Todd Semla, MS, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, AGSF
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
Co-Investigator, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Expert’s Bio
Dr. Todd Semla, MS, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, AGSF is a National PBM Clinical Pharmacy Program Manager with the US Department of Veterans Affairs Pharmacy Benefits Management Service and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a past President and Board Chair of the American Geriatrics Society and a past Chair of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Geriatric Practice and Research Network.

Dr. Semla is an Associate/Section Editor for Drugs and Pharmacology for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and is on the Editorial Boards of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, and The Annals of Long-Term Care,. He served on the Editorial Boards for the Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program V and VI. Dr. Semla was the Consulting Editor on Pharmacotherapy for the 5th and 6th editions of the Geriatrics Review Syllabus.

A leading expert on pharmacotherapy for older adults, Dr. Semla is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. He is the recipient of numerous research grants and awards, and is the author or co-author of more than 80 scientific studies, reports, books, abstracts, and reviews.

Valerie Gruss PhD, APN, CNP-BC
Associate Professor
College of Nursing
Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Memoona Hasnain MD, MHPE, PhD
Professor and Associate Department Head, Faculty Development & Research
College of Medicine,
Department of Family Medicine
Co-Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Module Information

Duration: 60 minutes
Format: Video Stream & pdfs

Module Guide and Handout
Resources & References
Continuing Education Credit Information

In support of patient care, Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of (1.00) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support.

ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 1.00 contact hours.

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Rush University designates this live activity for (1.00) Continuing Education credit(s).

Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity for 1.00 contact hours for pharmacists.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to:

Define medication management and describe its impact on patient outcomes
Identify information that should be collected from patients and caregivers in order to perform a comprehensive assessment of medication therapy
Describe common medication-related problems (MRPs) in the older adult population and discuss strategies for addressing MRPs
Integrate a systematic approach to medication management

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