A complete and reconciled list of the patient's medication is communicated to the next provider of service when the patient is transferred to another setting, service, practioner or level of care within or outside of the hospital.

What It Means
Any changes in medication are to be communicated to the next provider of service to be compared again by that provider with the medications being provided in the new setting. It is up to each organization to determine how this process takes place. It is up to the next provider of service to check over this medication reconciliation list again with the patient to make sure that it is accurate. Whenever and however the comparison takes place it should take place early enough to improve the safety of the organization's medication management processes and improve patient safety.

Why It Is Important
Accurate communication of medication information is important to ensure safe and effective care for the patient.

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