Quality Measure Tip: Post-Discharge Med. Reconciliation

Submitted by Barbara Fenton, MD, FACP, Medical Director of Augusta Care Partners

Medication Reconciliation is required at all follow-up visits within 30 days of hospital or SNF (skilled nursing facility) discharge.

In 2017, CMS changed the measure so that it now requires reconciliation of the current medication list with the hospital or skilled nursing facility discharge list.

To satisfy this measure, the following phrase must be included in your documentation:

“Current medications were reconciled with the discharge medication list.”

This quality measure will count for performance (your MIPS score) next year, so this is the time to begin documenting correctly, consistently.

IT is working to integrate this language into the hospital follow up template for Athena. Another option is to use a saved phrase. This statement can be entered by nurse; by signing the note the provider attests to the reconciliation.