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Three Long-Term Care Facilities Join National Patient Safety Collaborative

Local Project Focuses on Decreasing Adverse Drug Events

Three teams from Albuquerque long-term care facilities have joined the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC) 5.0. The PSPC is a national project now in its fifth year and has partnered with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and many Quality Improvement Organizations with a mission of improving health outcomes and safety through patient-centered, cost-effective integrated medication management services aligned with quality national standards.

Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, St. John Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, and St. Catherine Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center are already providing clinical pharmacy services to all residents. For the next 12 months, the teams will work with the care teams of their residents to use prescribed antipsychotic medications judiciously and track the number of adverse drug events prevented through the use of clinical pharmacy services.

HealthInsight New Mexico, the state Quality Improvement Organization, will assist with redesigning clinical workflow and improving efficiency of services as well as collecting and analyzing data at the facility level. Each facility will be provided with tools for tracking on- and off-label prescribing patterns for antipsychotic medications and potential adverse drug events that are addressed by the clinical pharmacy team.

Long-term care facilities have been encouraged to participate in the PSPC, which is well aligned with national quality initiatives including the CMS Partnership to Improve Dementia Care. For more information, please contact Susan Yelton, MA, HealthInsight New Mexico project manager, at or (505) 998-9753.

About HealthInsight

HealthInsight is a private, non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving health and health care that is composed of locally governed organizations in three western states: Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The HealthInsight enterprise holds contracts, grants and accreditation in key areas of healthcare improvement. This work includes an Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research Chartered Value Exchange (Nevada, Utah); Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (Nevada, New Mexico, Utah); Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality (New Mexico); Office for the National Coordinator (ONC) Beacon Community (Utah); Medicaid External Quality Review Organization (New Mexico); Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (Utah, Nevada; New Mexico subcontractor); a Community Health Information Exchange (Nevada); Prescription Improvement Coalition (New Mexico); Utah HealthScape (Utah); and URAC accreditation (Nevada). HealthInsight is a recognized leader in quality improvement; transparency and public reporting; health information technology programs; healthcare system delivery and payment reform efforts; and human factors science research and application. Visit our website at