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December 07, 2010 at 15:32 PM EST
Golden Living Launches Consulting Pharmacy Services Company
Golden Clinical Rx Services Will Focus on Improving Medication Safety and Patient Outcomes

Golden Living has established a new, in-house consulting pharmacy company that will focus on improving medication safety and patient outcomes. Golden Clinical Rx Services is based on an innovative clinical pharmacist model that will make certified geriatric pharmacists (CGPs) part of the interdisciplinary clinical teams that care for Golden LivingCenter patients and will leverage technology to improve patient outcomes.

“Managing medications is a complex process, especially for patients of skilled nursing facilities, many of whom have chronic conditions and are prescribed multiple drugs,” said Robert Warnock, DPh, Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Services for Golden Living. “Making pharmacists part of our interdisciplinary clinical teams will better ensure the safe and appropriate use of medications for Golden LivingCenter patients.”

The approach is unique in the long-term industry, but — as shown in Golden Living pilot studies — it has helped reduce falls, rehospitalizations, medication errors, and the number of medications that our patients are prescribed.

In addition to ensuring that Golden LivingCenters are in compliance with federal regulations, Golden Living pharmacists and pharmacy assistants with Golden Clinical Rx Services will be accountable for improving patient outcomes.

Using the Almaga™ Unified Intelligence System (UIS) data management system and other technologies, pharmacists and pharmacy assistants in Clinical Intervention Centers will remotely monitor patients’ medications. Golden Clinical Rx pharmacists and pharmacy assistants will review patient records before patients are admitted to a LivingCenter. Specifically, pharmacy teams will assess patients’ medications and work to address any questions with patients’ physicians or the dispensing pharmacy.

Once a patient is admitted, dedicated LivingCenter pharmacists will work closely with LivingCenter clinicians to monitor patients’ medications and conditions and make recommendations to improve medication regimens. Their recommendations also may help reduce drug costs.

Golden Living will continue to work with its contracted consultant pharmacy services while rolling out in-house pharmacy services to all LivingCenters across the next three years. So far, Golden pharmacists have begun working with LivingCenters in the Atlanta, Ga., and Pittsburgh, Pa., regions.

“In today’s changing healthcare environment, it’s even more important for healthcare providers to innovate and always act with patients’ best interests in mind,” said James A. Avery, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Golden Living. “Golden Living’s approach to pharmacy services is unique in the long-term care industry, and we believe that it will greatly benefit our patients.”

About Golden Living

Golden Living is one of the largest providers of healthcare services in the U.S. Golden Living companies operate skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and provide rehabilitation therapy, hospice care, home health services, and healthcare staffing services. The Golden Living family of companies include Golden LivingCenters, Aegis Therapies, AseraCare Hospice and Home Health, and 360 Healthcare Staffing. There are more than 300 Golden LivingCenters in 21 states. Golden Living also offers assisted living services at more than 40 locations. In addition, the Golden Innovations companies partner with more than 1,000 nursing homes, hospitals and other health care organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Collectively, the Golden Living family of companies has more than 40,000 employees who provide quality healthcare to more than 60,000 patients every day. www.goldenliving.com

Contacts:

Golden Living
Sofia Kosmetatos, 202-434-0508
sofia.kosmetatos@goldenliving.com
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